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On 14 April 70 A.D. Titus surrounded Jerusalem. He allowed pilgrims to enter to celebrate Passover but this was a trap to put pressure on supplies of food and water; he refused to allow them to leave. On 10 May he began his assault on the walls. The third wall fell on 25 May. The second wall fell on 30 May. On 20 July Titus stormed the Temple Mount. On 4 August 70 A.D., Titus destroyed the Temple. The Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av mourns the Fall of Jerusalem annually on this date. Upon his arrival in Rome in 71, Titus was awarded a triumph. As depicted in the relief of the imperial triumph on the Arch of Titus in Rome, Titus rode into the city in a quadriga, enthusiastically saluted by the Roman populace and preceded by a lavish parade containing treasures and captives from the war. Josephus describes a procession with large amounts of gold and silver carried along the route, followed by elaborate re-enactments of the war, Jewish prisoners, and finally the treasures taken from the Temple of Jerusalem, including the Menorah and the Pentateuch. Simon Bar Giora was executed in the Forum, after which the procession closed with religious sacrifices at the Temple of Jupiter.
SH89759. Silver denarius, RIC II V1563, BMCRE V521, BnF III V324, RPC II 1935, RSC II 395, Hendin 1493, Hunter I -, VF, toned, tight flan, die wear, tiny edge cracks, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 3.343g, maximum diameter 16.0mm, die axis 180o, as caesar, 72 - 73 A.D.; obverse T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT, laureate and draped bust right; reverse no legend, Titus driving right in a quadriga in his 71 A.D. Judaea victory triumph in Rome, branch and reins in right hand, scepter in left hand; rare; SOLD
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