Location on Forum Plan

Via Sacra
Lapis Niger
Curia (Senate House)
Basilica Aemilia
Templum Antonini et Faustinae
Basilica Constantini
Templum Veneris et Romae
Arcus Titi
Atrium Vestae
Templum Vestae
Templum Juli
Templum Castoris
Basilica Julia
Templum Saturni
Templum Divi Vespasiani
Templum Concordiae
Lacus Curtius
Miliarium Aureum
Arcus Septimii Serveri
Carcer (Prison)

The Temple of Vespasian

The emperor Vespasian is one of the only Romans recorded to have a sense of humor on his deathbed. Apparently, his last word were something like, "Alas, I think I am becoming a god." And since he was an effective emperor, upon his death the man was declare divus, divine. His son the emperor Titus began the construction of the temple to his now deified father, but he himself died before its completion, and the other son of Vespasian, Domitian, completed the temple and dedicated it to both of his deceased predecessors. The space was rather cramped, so the temple backed right up to the Tabularium, and in fact an exit from the Tabularium to the formum became blocked by this new temple. What remains in the site are three white columns in a "v" which marks a corner of the porch. These are topped by a chunk of the architrave which shows hisgfh quality craftsmenship.

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please contact any of the project developers with suggestions or comments:
Leslie Flood,Germantown High School, Memphis, Tennessee
Cindy Pope, StarNet Television Network,San Antonio, Texas
Joan Jahnige, Kentucky Educational Television , Lexington, Kentucky
Randy Thompson, Winston Churchill High School, San Antonio, Texas