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The Art of Forgetting: Disgrace and Oblivion in Roman Political Culture (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome) [Hardcover]

Harriet I. Flower

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December 30, 2006 0807830631 978-0807830635 1
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. Harriet Flower 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. Flower 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, inscriptions, coins, and material evidence, this richly illustrated study contributes to a deeper understanding of Roman political culture.

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"Flower's writing style is accessible and the examples she cites are interesting enough to take the reader on the curious journey into an unfamiliar aspect of the ancient mind."--United Nations of Roma Victrix

"An important contribution to the study of commemoration in the classical world. . . . Thorough and well-argued. . . . Lucidly written and enriched by numerous illustrations, this book provides not only a rich source of information about Greek and Roman memory sanctions, but also offers a profound analysis on their development and implications for Roman republican and early imperial politics."--Tyche

"A very valuable book on a fascinating and important subject."--Journal of Roman Studies

"A much-needed articulation . . . of Roman commemoration practices. . . . An engaging survey of Roman history [for] the nonspecialist. . . . Well illustrated."--The Historian

"Closely argued and aptly illustrated. . . . Recommended."--CHOICE

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"This is an outstanding book. The phenomenon of memory sanctions has long needed proper treatment, and Flower's study is most welcome for anyone interested in the Graeco-Roman world. This book represents a major advance in scholarship."--Michael Peachin, New York University

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in the History of Greece and Rome
  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (December 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807830631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807830635
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,351,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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