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Arch of Titus Relief: The Spoils of the Jerusalem

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Jerusalem: Arch of Titus Relief: The Spoils of the Jerusalem

 

This relief is an image of the Romans' triumphal procession, returning with spoils from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Especially prominent is the sacred Menorah, but we can also see the Table of the Shewbread at an angle and the silver trumpets which called Jews to Rosh Hashanah.

The Arch of Titus is located on the highest point of the Via Sacra, a road leading to the Roman Forum. This arch commemorates Titus' victorious conquest of Judaea, ending the Jewish wars and leading the sacking of Jerusalem. The arch was constructed after Titus's death in 81 CE and, hence, after his becoming a god. It was probably built by this brother and successor, emperor Domitian but some believe that it was actually built by emperor Trajan because of similarities to the Arch of Trajan located at Benevento.

This is a single arch, 15.4m high, 13.5m wide, and 4.75m deep. The marble reliefs stand nearly 2.5m in height.

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