Eldest son of the Emperor


Titus Flavius Vespasianus was born in Rome on 30 December 39 AD, the elder son of the future Emperor Vespasian. He was brought up in the court of Emperor Claudius as a companion to the emperor’s son, Britannicus. Titus enjoyed a successful military career and in 67 AD went with his father to suppress the Jewish Revolt. In 69 AD, Vespasian returned to Rome to assert his claim for the imperial throne, leaving Titus to continue the campaign. In 70 AD, Jerusalem was sacked, the Jewish temple was destroyed and much of the population killed or dispersed.

When Titus returned to Rome, Vespasian groomed him for the succession, sharing his powers with him to an unprecedented degree.


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