24: The Temple of Vespasian and Titus

The Temple of Vespasian and Titus sits at the north-west end of the Forum between the Temple of Saturn and the Temple of Concord and backs onto the Tabularium.  It is readily identified by the three Corinthian columns connected by a carved piece of entablature that together form a right-angle.   These columns establish the front-right corner of the Temple. Originally there would have been a total of 6 columns along the front and 8 running along each side.  There were originally two sets of stairs leading up through the front columns into a portico underneath a large triangular pediment.  This arrangement of steps was unusual and likely a result of the limited space available in this part of the forum. The pediment seems to have had an inscription across the front with a dedication that read ‘Divo Vespasiano Augusto SPQR’. The temple was constructed to honor the Flavian Dynasty, which comprised the emperors: Vespasian and his sons Titus and Domitian.

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