The Arch of Titus

The Arch of Titus is a Pentelic marble triumphal arch with a single arched opening, located on the Via Sacra just to the south-east of the Forum in Rome. It was constructed by the emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his brother Titus (born AD 41, emperor 79-81), commemorating the capture and sack of Jerusalem in 70, which effectively terminated the Jewish War begun in 66 (although the Romans did not achieve complete victory until the fall of Masada in 73).

My husband and I just finished watching Ancient Rome: The Caesars & the Arch of Titus on History International, and it was excellent. Dave Stotts, the host gave a great history lesson (and quite politically incorrect) about the Roman Emperor,Titus and his ferocious attack on Judea and the Jews and sack of Jerusalem which inevitably led to Judea being renamed Syria-Palestina.

It took the Romans eight years before they achieved a complete victory over Judea with the fall of Masada in 73. The Democrats must not have voted for a non-binding resolution against the Roman War on Judea nor did they cut off funding.

In a later era, The Arch of Titus was the place of a yearly oath of loyalty, forced by the Pope on the Jews of the Roman Ghetto.

Due to the depiction of the destruction of Jerusalem and the desecration of the Temple, many Jews refuse to walk underneath the arch to this very day (though the passageway is generally closed to the public in any case). A notable exception occurred in 1948 at the founding of Israel, when a large contingent from the Roman Jewish community walked through the arch in the opposite direction from the original Ancient Roman triumphal march.

There is much in this History International Series that connects the past to the present.

In this host-driven series that presents history in a thoroughly entertaining and thoughtfully engaging manner, Dave Stotts travels around the world for a fast-paced encounter with the people, places, and events that have shaped the world as we know it today. Our host in the driver’s seat, Dave Stotts, is a guy who knows not to take himself too seriously as he humorously interacts with different people, cultures…and cars of our world. He’ll drive you down roads less traveled to bring you face to face with history like you’ve never seen it before. In the first episode, we begin our look at the history of Western Civilization with an exploration of the ancient Roman Empire. From its early legendary beginnings, to the glory days of the Roman Republic, to the rise of the Caesars, we’ll overview the establishment of the greatest Empire the world has ever known.

I highly recommend it.