By Charles W., Jr. Hedrick

"It is so infrequent and fresh to learn a Roman heritage booklet which acknowledges and celebrates the sheer trouble of writing heritage, and the vulnerability of every solution."

—Times Literary Supplement

"This is without doubt one of the finest and unique books in regards to the Later Roman Empire that i've got ever read."

—T. D. Barnes, Professor of Classics, collage of Toronto

The ruling elite in old Rome sought to remove even the reminiscence in their deceased rivals via a strategy referred to now as damnatio memoriae. those formal and conventional practices integrated removal the person's identify and photograph from public monuments and inscriptions, making it unlawful to talk of him, and forbidding funeral observances and mourning. ironically, notwithstanding, whereas those practices dishonored the person's reminiscence, they didn't spoil it. certainly, a later flip of occasions may well repair the criminal not just to public prefer but in addition to re-inclusion within the public record.

This ebook examines the method of purge and rehabilitation of reminiscence within the individual of Virius Nicomachus Flavianus(?-394). Charles Hedrick describes how Flavian was once condemned for engaging within the uprising opposed to the Christian emperor Theodosius the Great—and then restored to the general public list a iteration later as participants of the newly Christianized senatorial category sought to reconcile their pagan previous and Christian current. via selectively remembering and forgetting the activities of Flavian, Hedrick asserts, the Roman elite venerated their ancestors whereas partaking in profound social, cultural, and spiritual change.

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