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

Harriet I. Flower


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. The author of this book 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. She 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 ... More

Keywords: elite Romans, memory, portraits, public inscriptions, Mediterranean world, literary texts, inscriptions, coins, material evidence, political culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780807830635
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807877463_flower


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harriet I. Flower, author