Photographer's Note

This is one of the relief panels from the Arch of Titus, located at the entrance of the Roman Forum. Long-time wait for a note! The Arch of Titus is a first-century AD triumphal arch, located on the Via Sacra at the entrance of the Roman Forum. It was constructed about 82 AD by Domitian after the death of Titus, which celebrates the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD. It is a single arch, unlike the nearby Arch of Constantine, which is a triple arch. It has, however, inspired numerous others, including the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 and the arch at Washington Square Park in New York City. The arch was heavily restored in the 19th century. The soffit is coffered and features the apotheosis of Titus at the center. The two relief panels commemorate the triumph of Titus and his father Vespasian. One shows the looting of the temple in Jerusalem, with the Golden Menorah carved in relief, carried along with gold trumpets and the Table of Shew bread. It is likely that the arch was once painted, as remains of yellow ochre paint were discovered. The spoils depicted were probably painted yellow and the background in blue. The north panel depicts Titus during his triumph, attended by lictors with fasces. It's had some modern significance as well. Some have reported that because of its role it became a symbol of the Jewish diaspora, when the modern state of Israel was formally declared Jews in Rome gathered by the arch and walked under it backward to symbolize the return from Roman exile. The arch is appprox. 45 feet high and 40 feet high; the relief panels themselves are almost 7 1/2 feet high.

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