The spoils of Jerusalem on the Arch of Titus. A re-investigation
By Leon Yarden
Leon Yarden published his doctoral thesis in a revised form under the title The tree of life (London 1971). Its subject was the menorah (seven-branched lampstand) depicted on the Arch of Titus in Rome as a part of the spoils from the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70. The present book forms the continuation and completion of this work on the relief and covers not only the menorah but also the other ritual objects depicted with it – the ceremonial table, the two receptacles on the table and the two trumpets attached to the table.
Dr. Yarden made a comprehensive study of the relief in situ in the summer of 1975, and this was supported by a photogrammetric survey made by Mr. C.-O. Jonason, of the Department of Photogrammetry at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The purpose of this study was (1) to establish the precise appearance of the ritual objects today, (2) to gain as closely as possible a notion of their original appearance when the Arch was built, and (3) to check their original appearance against the extant literary and archaeological evidence in order to ascertain their autenticity.
I. The position of the reland
II. The delusion of single specimens
III. The photogrammetric survey. Report by C.-O. Jonason
IV. The lampstand
Excursus 1: The original appearance of the Arch and Israel’s coat of arms
Excursus 2: The lampstands of the Hasmonaeans
V. The table
Excursus 3: The table mouldings according to reland
Excursus 4. The tables of the Hasmonaeans
VI. The receptacles on the table
VII. The trumpets
Excursus 5. The trumpet coins of Bar Koka and the Sachs hypothesis
VIII. The Arch specimens and the vessels in Dura paintings
List of illustrations
Leon Yarden, The spoils of Jerusalem on the Arch of Titus. A re-investigation (Skrifter utgivna av Svenska institutet i Rom-8, 16), Stockholm 1991. ISSN: 0283-8389. ISBN: 978-91-7042-138-9. Softcover, 137 pages.
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