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    History and Silence: Purge and Rehabilitiation of Memory in Late Antiquity (Hardback) By (author) Jr Charles Hendrik


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    DescriptionThe ruling elite in ancient Rome sought to eradicate even the memory of their deceased opponents through a process now known as damnatio memoriae. These formal and traditional practices included removing the person's name and image from public monuments and inscriptions, making it illegal to speak of him, and forbidding funeral observances and mourning. Paradoxically, however, while these practices dishonoured the person's memory, they did not destroy it. Indeed, a later turn of events could restore the offender not only to public favour but also to re-inclusion in the public record. This book examines the process of purge and rehabilitation of memory in the person of Virius Nicomachus Flavianus (?-394). Charles Hedrick describes how Flavian was condemned for participating in the rebellion against the Christian emperor Theodosius the Great - and then restored to the public record a generation later as members of the newly Christianised senatorial class sought to reconcile their pagan past and Christian present. By selectively remembering and forgetting the actions of Flavian, Hedrick argues, the Roman elite honoured their ancestors while participating in profound social, cultural, and religious change. Charles W. Hedrick Jr. is Professor of Ancient History in Cowell College of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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    History and Silence
    Purge and Rehabilitiation of Memory in Late Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jr Charles Hendrik
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 730 g
    ISBN 13: 9780292731219
    ISBN 10: 0292731213

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HBAH
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS016000
    DC21: 937
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    B&T Approval Code: A14150000
    Abridged Dewey: 937
    B&T Approval Code: A18400000
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , ,
    LC classification: CN535 .H43 2000
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    Illustrations note
    2 b&w photos, 1 line drawing, 1 figure
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    01 June 2000
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    "This is one of the most interesting and original books about the Later Roman Empire that I have ever read." T. D. Barnes, Professor of Classics, University of Toronto " ... extraordinary and interesting ... It is so rare and refreshing to read a Roman history book which recognizes and celebrates the sheer difficulty of writing history, and the vulnerability of each solution." TLS, February 2, 2001
    Table of contents
    A Palimpsest; Cursus and career; Unspeakable paganism?; Remembering to forget: The Damnatio Memoriae; Silence, truth, and death: The commemorative function of history; Rehibilitating the text: Proofreading and the past; Silence and authority: Politicians and rehibilitation; Appendix: Concerning the text of CIL 6.1783