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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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Punitive Memory Sanctions II The Republic of Sulla

Punitive Memory Sanctions II The Republic of Sulla

(p.86) Chapter V Punitive Memory Sanctions II The Republic of Sulla
The Art of Forgetting

Harriet I. Flower

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents Sulla's actions on Rome in 88 b.c., which show the full potential impact of memory sanctions on a traditional political life, and explains that Sulla was the first Roman to march on his home city to stake his claim to the command against Mithridates in the East by force. It notes that Sulla's first act as master of Rome was to declare twelve of his leading opponents, including P. Sulpicius the tribune and C. Marius his former commanding officer, to be “enemies” (hostes). The chapter explains that this declaration carried with it the loss of all citizen rights: the affected person could be killed with impunity, all property was forfeit, and memory sanctions were the logical conclusion.

Keywords:   Rome, memory sanctions, traditional political life, Sulla, Mithridates, East, P. Sulpicius, C. Marius, hostes

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