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Transcript of Emperor Titus
Today, the Arch of Titus still stands honouring the great Roman leader and the sacking of Jerusalem. Titus' Contribution to Christianity Emperor Titus in his short life, didn't impact greatly on Christianity, but he did effect the Jews and their beliefs during the sacking of Jerusalem. The Jews at the time did not practice Judaism; they were still Jesus' people. However, in Revelations 6:8 he is mentioned and viewed as a destructive, ruthless and cruel enemy who persecuted Jews during the 5 month attack and after (he fed the animals in the Roman arenas tens of thousands of captured Jews after Jerusalem was destroyed.) Rev 6:8 And i looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Titus' Weaknesses, mistakes and Christian Faith Being one of the early emperors of Rome, Titus had no Christian faith that is eminent to social scientist and historians. He and majority of Rome as we know it was faithful to the Roman gods, Especially Jupiter (Jove) who was the king of all gods, the sky and thunder Jupiter was also the Greek equivalent of Zeus.
Emperor Titus had few weaknesses and made few mistakes during his life. He was a great and powerful leader of the Roman army for many years, he also supported the Roman during times of need and donated his own money towards clean-ups and rebuilding. He had every positive trait possible, strength, confidence, kindness, ruthlessness onto enemies in battle and was very intelligence. He was a revolutionary Roman emperor affecting positively on Rome and is people, but negatively on enemies of Rome, such as the Jews. The Roman's siege on Jerusalem, most probably made the Christian community stronger as a whole. Temples and Prosperity Titus, being the Emperor's son for most of his life and Emperor for two and a bit years needed to make a great example for his people to live by. Due to Christianity not being legalised in Rome until 313 A.D. he didn't attend church and worship God as Christians do today. Instead he and the Roman people worshipped gods such as: Neptune, the god of the sea, Mars, the god of war, Jupiter and Juno, the king and queen of the roman gods. In Christianity today, pilgrims visit a church, whereas in ancient Rome, Romans visited temples which were located in areas known as Forums. Forums were market places in every large town or city, these were usually surrounded by temples and public buildings, many people would swap Forums to friendly gossip and do business.