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Birthdate: December 30, 39 CE

(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 66.17)

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

(Suetonius, Life of Titus, 1)

Reign: Named emperor in the will of his father and predecessor, Vespasian, who died on June 24, 79 CE.

(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 66.18)


Arrecina Tertulla
(Suetonius, Life of Titus, 4)

Marcia Furnilla
(Suetonius, Life of Titus, 4)


Julia Flavia (daughter by Marcia Furnilla)
(Suetonius, Life of Titus, 4)


Titus died on September 13, 81 CE. Most sources agree that Titus died of natural causes, but some suggest that his brother, Domitian, played a role in his death.

(Suetonius, Life of Titus, 10-11) (Cassius Dio, Roman History, 66.26)

Bust of Titus, Musei Capitolini, Rome, November 2018.
Portrait of Titus, NY Carlsberg Glyptothek, Copenhagen, October 2019.
Statue of Titus, Musei Vaticani, Vatican City, April 2017.

Famous facts and dates

Titus commanded Roman forces in the Great Jewish Revolt, and he was responsible for sacking Jerusalem and destroying the Jewish temple in 70 CE.
(Josephus, The War of the Jews, 6.6)
Titus was emperor when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, destroying the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
(Suetonius, Life of Titus, 8)
Titus opened the Colosseum to the public in 80 CE.
(Cassius Dio, Roman History, 66.25)

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