A Tourist in Rome - Titus
|Birth:||December 30, 39 AD|
|Death:||September 13, 81 AD (natural)|
|Emperor:||79 AD - death|
Titus took over leadership in putting down the revolt in Judea when his father, Vespasian, returned to Rome to become emperor. He completed the conquest, sacking the temple in Jerusalem as part of it, as shown on the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum. The spoils of that war funded the construction of the Colosseum, which his father began but was completed after Titus became emperor after his father's death. Titus sponsored over 100 days of games to inaugurate the Colosseum, which the people absolutely loved. While emperor, he dealt with another major fire in Rome, and with the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius which buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, pouring money into rebuilding in Rome and relief to survivors in both cases. He also constructed the Baths of Titus. His brief reign is characterized by good government, popularity, and great building works.