D.C.-Area Lecture: The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project

schertz-arch-titusOn Sunday, February 8, 2015, the Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia (BASONOVA) will host the lecture “The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project” by Dr. Peter Schertz, curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The Arch of Titus was originally dedicated after the Emperor Titus’s death in 81 C.E. and celebrates his victory in the Jewish War of 66–74 C.E., which climaxed with the destruction of Jerusalem and her Temple in the summer of 70 C.E. An international team of scholars led by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies has scanned the reliefs adorning the arch.

Traces of color were found on the arms and base of the Temple Menorah relief. This discovery is consistent with Biblical, early Christian and Talmudic writings and particularly eyewitness descriptions of the golden menorah by the first century historian Josephus. Dr. Schertz will discuss the importance of the arch in Flavian Rome and describe the process of studying the arch’s original colors and creating a three-dimensional digital model of how the arch originally appeared.

“The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project,” presented by Dr. Peter Schertz
Laportas Restaurant
1600 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 • (703) 683-6313
Lunch at 2 PM, Lecture at 3 PM

Register here

Visit the BASONOVA and Biblical Archaeology Forum (BAF) websites to see more Washington, D.C.-area lectures.


Related reading in Bible History Daily:

Jewish Captives in the Imperial City
The Masada Siege
Coins Celebrating the Great Revolt Against the Romans Unearthed near Jerusalem
Judaea Capta Coin Uncovered in Bethsaida Excavations
Understanding the Jewish Menorah
How Ancient Jews Dated Years


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