The Arch of Titus: Jerusalem in Rome

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In his account of Emperor Titus’ triumphal procession in 71 CE, Flavius Josephus described the spoils of war taken from the Jerusalem Temple and carried publicly through the streets of Rome. This procession is sculpted on the arch built in 81 CE in tribute to Titus upon his unexpected death and consequent deification. This paper argues that the representation of the Temple spoils on the arch is the earliest visual frame of Jerusalem taken in Rome. Consequently, to fully understand the following Jerusalemite compositions and relics translated to the city when it became a Christian center, it is necessary to consider the objects and their reproduction as seen on the imperial Roman arch.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationPicturing Royal Charisma
Subtitle of host publicationKings and Rulers in the Near East from 3000 BCE to 1700 CE
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781803271613
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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