Temple of Vespasian and Titus, Rome

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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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Description of the Temple of Vespasian and Titus

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.



  1. Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, 2nd ed.

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