Arch of Titus Chariot and Titus

Arch of Titus Chariot and Titus

View looking north at the north panel on the inside of the Arch of Titus in Rome.  Although the southern panel is more famous, this panel is also quite important.

Note the chariot being pulled by four horses.  In the chariot is Titus, behind him (to the right) is a winged victory that is holding a crown over his head.  Below her are represented the people of Rome (nude figure) and the Senate (toga clad).

Note the four horses pulling the chariot.  The horses are being led by a figure represented by the goddess Roma.

This scene is that of the victory procession celebrating Titus’ conquest of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.

The Arch of Titus (Roman Emperor A.D. 79–81) is located in Rome on the east end of the ancient Forum, as one walks along the Via Sacra toward the Colosseum.  The emperor Domitian (A.D. 81-96) built it soon after the death of Titus.

The arch commemorates the victories of Vespasian (A.D. 69–79) and Titus—particularly their putting down the Jewish revolt in Judea and the capture of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.

It is well to remember that this commemorative arch was built by Domitian, to commemorate a triumphal parade of the previous emperor Vespasian and his son Titus who was the actual conquer of Jerusalem, and who would eventually become emperor himself.

The sequence of emperors was Vespasian, Titus, and then Domitian.