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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 Shadow of Domitian and the Limits of Disgrace

The Shadow of Domitian and the Limits of Disgrace

(p.234) Chapter IX The Shadow of Domitian and the Limits of Disgrace
The Art of Forgetting

Harriet I. Flower

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter relies on Suetonius and Dio for information about Domitian, and notes that Suetonius' biography of Domitian is both negative and essentially superficial. It notes further that the attacks on Domitian's memory appear both more severe and more sustained than those initiated against any previous male in a ruling house; indeed they have obscured many aspects of the policies and spirit of the Flavian age. The chapter observes that they extended beyond Domitian, a figure who seems to have evoked exceptionally strong feelings of hatred among Rome's political elite, to affect the tradition about his father and his brother, as well as his own relationship to them. It adds that at the same time, the memory of Nero and his demise lasted throughout Flavian times and was still very real in the early part of the second century.

Keywords:   Suetonius, Dio, Domitian, biography, memory, Flavian, political elite, Nero

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