|Arch of Titus|
Image ID : ROAT_1980
|300 dpi print width||14.6 inches||37.0 centimetres|
|300 dpi print height||9.7 inches||24.7 centimetres|
The Arch of Titus was constructed to commemorate the victories of the emperor Titus Flavius Vespasianus, including the Sack of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Titus died 13th September 81 AD and was succeeded by his younger brother Domitian, who inaugurated the arch about 82 AD. The Arch of Titus was the inspiration for the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
This image shows the only contemporary portrayal of sacred artefacts being removed by Romans from the Temple in Jerusalem. The seven-branched menorah can be clearly seen. During the sixteenth century, under instructions from Pope Paul IV, Jewish inhabitants of Rome were obliged to make an annual oath of submission at the arch. Due to the significance of the arch and its historical narrative, Roman Jews would refuse to walk under it. However, in 1948, when the state of Israel was founded, members of the local Jewish community passed under the arch in a solemn procession, but in the opposite direction to that taken by triumphant Roman emperors. The menorah seen on this panel served as the model for the menorah used on the emblem of the State of Israel.
Credit : Planetary Visions Limited / Kevin Tildsley.