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Emperor Titus. Was Vespasian a good emperor?

Searching everywhere for museum pieces, he built the most beautiful and oldest collection of the empire. It contained senate decrees and plebiscites on alliances, treaties, and privileges granted to citizens almost from the founding of Rome.

Titus chose to destroy Jerusalem because the Christians and Jews there did not want to contribute to the Roman state and submit to the Romans. So he figured that if he laid siege to Jerusalem, he would scare the remaining Jews into contributing and donating the land to the Roman state.

Rome was looking very ugly after the lootings. To change the face of the city into ruin and disorder. It allowed anyone to occupy the vacant lands and erect buildings on them. Unless their owners did so. He started the reconstruction of the Capitol by setting a personal example. He was the first to clear the land and carry the materials. Titus took it upon himself to rebuild the three thousand copper boards that had burned with the Capitol.

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 Key Verse related to Titus

“The body of a dead enemy always smells sweet. It becomes an emperor to die standing.”

Titus Flavius Vespasianus

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Why is Titus important?

Vespasianus was old so he had to make up his mind quickly and execute what he wanted quickly. The time of life wouldn’t let him delay. He made new buildings; the Temple of Peace he erected very close to the forum and adorned it with art objects taken from different countries. From the beginning of his reign to the end he was sociable and gentle. He didn’t hide his modest appearance, he even talked about it without any inferiority complex.

Titus is important by his example in the effort to rebuild and beautify Rome, to reconstitute the treasures of values. He impressed the crowd of plotters and leeches of the capital, of undeserving drones. While commanding great respect.

He built the largest amphitheater Colosseum in the Roman and ancient world, a monument that has remained to this day the greatest construction of Rome, a wonder of the ancient world. The work was never completed in all its grandeur because the inauguration was celebrated only a year after his death. The celebrations were organized by his son Titus, who succeeded him to the throne.

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Why was Vespasian a good leader?

Primary Takeaways

  • Accompanying Nero on his journey from Greece, he had a great misfortune. While the emperor was singing, he very often retired or fell asleep. This attitude brought him a drastic disgrace, as he was removed from Nero’s privacy and excluded from public greetings. As a result, he had to retreat to a small, isolated town, somewhat hidden away and fearing losing his very life.
  • Later, Nero offered him the leadership of India and an army to suppress the anti-Roman uprising that began in 66 A.D. and was spreading.
  • Vespasianus enjoyed the favor because he was the most capable for such a job and battle-tested. On the other hand, he could not inspire fear in Nero that he might become an adversary because of his family’s obscurity and name. Another noble birth could have become dangerous if he had a considerable force of legions under his command.

Conclusion

As soon as he settled in Judea, he made a name for himself in the neighboring provinces by enforcing discipline in the camps. He fought his first battles with such energy that he commanded the respect of his enemies and his men. Vespasianus reinforced his troops with two legions, eight squadrons, and ten cohorts and took his eldest son Titus among his lieutenants. 

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Quizlet about The Siege of Jerusalem

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Jerusalem was destroyed by the Roman emperor _____?

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The Siege of Jerusalem involved ____ zealot revolts who invoked the wrath of Emperor Vespasian.

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Who was Vespasian?

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In what year did the Siege take place?

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Who was Nebuzaradan?

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Who prophecized the Siege?

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The whole siege of Jerusalem is mentioned directly in the Book of ______.

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Was Nero the friend of Vespasian?

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What did Nero do for Rome?

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What did Nero do to Christians?

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