The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back. Conference in NYC October 29, 2017

The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back -  Historical Context and Cultural Significance of Arch of Titus from Antiquity to Modern-day Israel.

Sunday Oct 29th 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
Yeshiva University Museum at the Center for Jewish History,
15 West 16th St, New York, NY 10011

This international conference, featuring scholars from Israel, Italy, Sweden and the United States, explores the historical context and cultural significance of the Arch of Titus from Imperial Rome to modern-day Israel. Complements YUM’s exhibition The Arch of Titus – from Jerusalem to Rome, and Back.

Conference organized by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and Yeshiva University Museum, co-sponsored by the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies

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Registration, 8:30-9:00
9:00. Welcome
Jacob Wisse, Director, YU Museum
Steven Fine, Director, YU Center for Israel Studies

9:10-11:15. The Roman Context
Chair: Katherine Welch, New York University
Samuele Rocca, Ariel University, The Arch of Titus and Flavius Josephus: Commemorating the Jewish War in Word and Stone
Pier Tucci, Johns Hopkins University, The Spoils of Jerusalem, from the Great Temple to the Temple of Peace
Ida Östenberg, University of Goteborg, The Arch of Titus: Triumph and Apotheosis in Ancient Rome

11:15-12:00. The Spoils of Jerusalem in Color: The Making of a Polychrome Model
Moderator: Helen Evans, Metropolitan Museum of Art in conversation with:
Donald H. Sanders, VIZIN: The Institute for the Visualization of History
Peter M. Schertz, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Steven Fine, Yeshiva University

12:00-1:00. Lunch Break
12:30, Gallery Tour. Jill Joshowitz, YU Museum

1:00-3:00. From Late Antiquity to Early Modern Europe
Chair: Robert Chazan, New York University
Galit Hasan-Rokem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, A Narrative Triumph: The Rabbis Write Back to the Empire
Marie-Thérèse Champagne, University of West Florida, Pensacola, Pagan Rome in the Service of the Church: Christian Perceptions of the Arch of Titus in the Middle Ages
William Stenhouse, Yeshiva University, Early Modern Visitors to the Arch of Titus

3:00-3:15. Coffee break

3:15-5:00. The Arch of Titus in the Modern World
Chair: Marnin Young, Yeshiva University
Jacob Wisse, Yeshiva University, Pilgrimage and the Arch of Titus in European Art
Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, City University of New York, From Rome to New York: The Afterlife of the Arch of Titus
Steven Fine, Yeshiva University, The Arch of Titus as a Place of Modern Jewish Memory

Concluding Comments: Selma Botman, Academic Vice President, Yeshiva University
Visit - The Arch of Titus: From Jerusalem to Rome, and Back - YU Museum, September 13, 2017-January 2018