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Names
Temple of Vespasian and Titus
Address
Rome, Lazio
Location
Rome  locality
Province of Rome  province
Lazio  region
Italy  country
Europe  continent
Main date(s)
c. 80-85
Tags
(#91; Jan 01, 1980)
Coordinates
41.892708° N, 12.483934° E
Opening hours
See Roman Forum
Admission
See Roman Forum

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The remains of the Temple of Vespasian and Titus stands at the west end of the Roman Forum, crowded into a small space between the Temple of Concord and the Temple of Saturn. It is built in the Corinthian order and made of white Italian marble. Three columns still stand - two from the front and one from the right side of the temple - 48 Roman feet (14.2 m) high.

The architrave bears a portion of the 3rd-century inscription recording the restorations: "[R]ESTITUER." The entablature on the side is carved with an elaborate and interesting relief of bull skulls and implements of sacrifice such as knives and jugs.

Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011

History

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.

Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011

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