Restoring the Vivid Colors of a Renowned Imperial Roman Arch 



It’s one of the most enduring symbols of the Roman conquest of Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago, and millions of tourists are drawn to see it in Rome every year. The Arch of Titus, a marble monument in the heart of the Roman Forum, commemor­ates the general and later emperor Titus’ triumph over the Jews in 70 A.D. … Steven Fine, professor and cultural histo­rian at New York’s Yeshiva University, said the arch as it stands today is a was­hed-out version of the original. In 2012 Fine set to work wi­th an international team of scientists, art historians and other experts … to identify the arch’s true colors … Fine said few people rea­lize that ancient Ro­me was a virtual “ca­rousel of color” and not the bland white stone that we see among so many ancient ruins today. 


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