The Art of Forgetting

The Art of Forgetting : Disgrace and Oblivion in Roman Political Culture

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Elite Romans periodically chose to limit or destroy the memory of a leading citizen who was deemed an unworthy member of the community. Sanctions against memory could lead to the removal or mutilation of portraits and public inscriptions. Harriet Flower provides the first chronological overview of the development of this Roman practice--an instruction to forget--from archaic times into the second century A.D. Flower explores Roman memory sanctions against the background of Greek and Hellenistic cultural influence and in the context of the wider Mediterranean world. Combining literary texts, inscriptions, coins, and material evidence, this richly illustrated study contributes to a deeper understanding of Roman political culture.show more

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  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 793.78g
  • The University of North Carolina Press
  • Chapel Hill, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0807871885
  • 9780807871881
  • 605,939

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An important contribution to the study of commemoration in the classical world. . . . Thorough and well-argued. . . . Lucidly written and enriched by numerous illustrations, this book provides not only a rich source of information about Greek and Roman memory sanctions, but also offers a profound analysis on their development and implications for Roman republican and early imperial politics.--Tycheshow more

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Flower provides the first chronological overview of the development of the Roman practice of destroying the memory of a leading citizen who was deemed an unworthy member of the community from archaic times into the second century A.D.show more