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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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Memory Games Disgrace and Rehabilitation in the Early Principate

Memory Games Disgrace and Rehabilitation in the Early Principate

(p.115) Chapter VI Memory Games Disgrace and Rehabilitation in the Early Principate
The Art of Forgetting

Harriet I. Flower

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the beginning of the principate, which marked the introduction of changes to virtually every area of the political and social life of Rome's leading citizens and of their families, and notes that the figure of the princeps, the leading man in Rome, now overshadowed the achievements and ambitions of others. It notes further that his family evolved from being a branch of the Iulii Caesares to being the domus Augusta, eventually even described as the domus divina. The chapter observes that the Augustan age fostered a renewed sense of memoria and of its uses, and notes that the distant past became fashionable and was recalled and re-created in a wide variety of monuments and rituals. It adds that new “memories” were also fashioned, memories that revolved around the central role of the princeps as leading citizen and savior of Rome.

Keywords:   principate, social life, princeps, Iulii Caesares, domus Augusta, domus divina, Augustan age, memoria, Rome

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