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The Art of ForgettingDisgrace and Oblivion in Roman Political Culture$
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Harriet I. Flower

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830635

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877463_flower

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The Origins of Memory Sanctions in Roman Political Culture

The Origins of Memory Sanctions in Roman Political Culture

(p.42) Chapter III The Origins of Memory Sanctions in Roman Political Culture
The Art of Forgetting

Harriet I. Flower

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter provides twentieth-century studies of Roman History noting that the beginning of memory sanctions has been primarily associated with the last period of the Roman Republic and especially with the figure of Marcus Antonius, who has often been cited as the first example of a leading Roman subjected to such treatment. It observes that, consequently, memory sanctions in Roman culture have been defined and studied primarily as a phenomenon of the principate, with roots in the triumviral period. The chapter however argues for a different reading of and context for Roman memory sanctions and their origins by examining them both within the political culture of the Republic and as part of its continuous dialogue with other cultures, most notable in relation to the dynamic political culture of the Greek city-states traced in the previous chapter.

Keywords:   Roman History, memory sanctions, Marcus Antonius, Republic, Greek

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