Temple of Vespasian and Titus Rome, Italy

Temple of Vespasian and Titus
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Three Corinthian columns remain of this temple at the west end of the Roman Forum. It was built in honor of the deified emperors Vespasian and Titus between 80 and 85 CE.

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249907
Best Known As
Temple of Vespasian and Titus
Full Name
Temple of Vespasian and Titus
Coordinates
41.892708° N, 12.483934° E  (map)
Address
Rome, Italy
Tags
Roman era
Rome Province of Rome, Italy
Europe continent
Italy Europe
Lazio Italy
Province of Rome Lazio, Italy

Description

Emperor Vespasian died at his country villa near Rieti in July of 79. Legend has it his last words were: "Pity, I think I'm turning into a god." Vespasian was succeeded by his son Titus, who began the process of deification of his father, including the construction on a temple in his honor.

Titus himself died in 81, leaving completion of the project to his younger brother Domitian. The temple, now dedicated to both Titus and Vespasian, was probably complete by 85.

The temple was restored in the early 3rd century by Septimus Severus and Caracalla. Their restoration was either lightly done or done to another part of the temple, as the surviving section is original to the 1st century.