What Does the Arch of Titus represent?

There are only two remaining arches left from the ancient world of the Roman Empire. The Arch of Titus is one of them, located on the main street of the Roman Forum.

The History of the Arch of Titus

It was commissioned by Domitian in 81 A.D. in tribute to his brother and the late Emperor Titus and his role in the victory in the Jewish War. Located on the highest point of the Via Sacra, Domintian created the Arch along the busiest street of ancient Rome to depict how important this past emperor and victory was. Throughout time the arch has remained a longstanding structure, even surviving the fall of Rome in the 5th century. However, the arch underwent a repair in 1817 due to the slow deterioration of the exterior columns and outer decoration.

The Decoration of the Arch

The style of architecture and carvings represent the tribute, political statements, as well as religious beliefs. The identity of the architect is unknown as there are no surviving documents from the arch’s creation. Its complete message that the arch conveys is the divinity of Titus. Illustrating scenes of actual happenings, fictional events, and symbolism. Majority of the images illustrate the defeat of the Jewish people, depicting Titus as a divine god-like person heading towards heaven.

The significant of the Arch

The arch is important for both a religious and political standpoint. Representing the success, and the glory of the Roman Empire during its ‘peaceful’ era. It symbolises the final episode of the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple. With many illustrations on the arch depicting the parade of treasures, the Romans took from the temple of Jerusalem into Rome. As well as many more symbolising its final destruction.

Where to see the Arch of Titus

Venture down the heart of the Roman Forum to see this ancient sight. With an array of other attractions, including the funeral altar of Julius Caesar, the House of Vestals, as well as the Curia. The forum has no signs or information sections, so your best bet is to travel with a local guide so they can inform you of all of Rome’s secrets.

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