36 Facts About Titus


Titus was deified by the Roman Senate and succeeded by his younger brother Domitian.


The story was even told that Titus was reclining next to Britannicus on the night he was murdered and sipped of the poison that was handed to him.


Titus served in Britannia and perhaps arrived about 60 with reinforcements needed after the revolt of Boudica.


Titus then took a new wife of a much more distinguished family, Marcia Furnilla.


Some modern historians theorise that Titus divorced his wife because of her family's connection to the conspiracy.


Titus never remarried and appears to have had multiple daughters, at least one of them by Marcia Furnilla.


Titus was later joined at Ptolemais by Titus with the Fifteenth Legion.


Titus later wrote that he had provided the Romans with intelligence on the ongoing revolt.


Vespasian decided to await further orders and sent Titus to greet the new princeps.


Vespasian accepted and, after negotiations by Titus, joined forces with Gaius Licinius Mucianus, governor of Syria.


Titus surrounded the city with three legions on the western side and one on the Mount of Olives to the east.


Titus put pressure on the food and water supplies of the inhabitants by allowing pilgrims to enter the city to celebrate Passover and then refusing them egress.


The Temple was demolished, Titus's soldiers proclaimed him imperator in honour of the victory.


Titus reportedly refused to accept a wreath of victory, as he claimed that he had not won the victory on his own but had been the vehicle through which their God had manifested his wrath against his people.


Unable to sail to Italy during the winter, Titus celebrated elaborate games at Caesarea Maritima and Berytus and then travelled to Zeugma on the Euphrates, where he was presented with a crown by Vologases I of Parthia.


Titus returned quickly to Rome in the hope, according to Suetonius, of allaying any suspicions about his conduct.


The triumphal Arch of Titus, which stands at one entrance to the Forum, memorialises the victory of Titus.


In that capacity, Titus achieved considerable notoriety in Rome for his violent actions, frequently ordering the execution of suspected traitors on the spot.


When in 79, a plot by Aulus Caecina Alienus and Eprius Marcellus to overthrow Vespasian was uncovered, Titus invited Alienus to dinner and ordered him to be stabbed before he had even left the room.


Titus was the first Roman emperor to come to the throne after his own biological father.


Against those expectations Titus proved to be an effective emperor and was well loved by the population, who praised him highly when they found that he possessed the greatest virtues, instead of vices.


Titus put an end to that practice against himself or anyone else and declared:.


Titus further prevented abuses by making it unlawful for a person to be tried under different laws for the same offense.


Titus appointed two ex-consuls to organise and coordinate the relief effort and personally donated large amounts of money from the imperial treasury to aid the victims of the volcano.


Titus's reign saw the rebellion led by Terentius Maximus, one of several false Neros who appeared throughout the 70s.


Adjacent to the amphitheatre, within the precinct of Nero's Golden House, Titus had ordered the construction of a new public bath house, the Baths of Titus.


At the closing of the games, Titus officially dedicated the amphitheatre and the baths in what was his final recorded act as Emperor.


Titus set out for the Sabine territories but fell ill at the first posting station where he died of a fever, reportedly in the same farmhouse as his father.


Titus was succeeded by Domitian, whose first act as emperor was to deify his brother.


Historians have speculated on the exact nature of his death and to which mistake Titus alluded in his final words.


Consequently, Dio believed the mistake to refer to not having Titus's brother executed when he was found to be openly plotting against him.


Jewish tradition says that Titus was plagued by God for destroying the second Temple Mount and died as a result of a gnat going up his nose, causing a large growth inside of his brain that killed him.


Titus's character has especially prospered in comparison with that of his brother Domitian.


In 71, he arrived in Rome in the entourage of Titus, became a Roman citizen and took on the Roman nomen Flavius and praenomen Titus from his patrons.


Titus received an annual pension and lived in the palace.


The bas-relief in the Arch of Titus has been influential in the depiction of the destruction of Jerusalem, with the Menorah frequently being used to symbolise the looting of the Second Temple.