ARCH OF TITUS
Skakspere Wood - Curiosum Urbis - 1875
Erected to him, psthumously, A.D. 81, in honour of the conquest of Judea, and the taking of Jerusalem. Having fallen into a very ruinous condition, it was entirely restored by Valadier, in 1822; but the portions added, being of travertine, are easily distinguishable. It was built of white Pentelic marble; a single archway, with four engaged columns, fluted, and of the composit order, on each front-two on each side of the archway, divided by large panels-and the whole surmonted by an attic, bearing an inscription on each face, of which only that towards the Colosseum remains.
The inscription towards the Forum records the restoration made by the order of Pius VII. The alto-reliefs on the inside of the arch represent two scenes from the triumphal chariot, drawn by four horses, preceded by a personification of Rome, and surrounded by senators, and lictors carrying the fasces. On the other, soldiers bearing the chief trophies brought from Jerusalem-the golden table, the silver trumpets, and the seven-branch candlestick. The vault of the arch is ornamented with rosettes and sunk panels, and, in the centre, is a representation of the Apotheosis of Titus.