damnatio memoriae

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After the deaths of persons deemed by the senate enemies of the state, measures to erase their memory might follow. Originally there was no set package but a repertoire: images might be destroyed (Sejanus; Valeria Messallina), and their display penalized (Appuleius Saturninus), the name erased from inscriptions, and a man's praenōmen banned in his family. With emperors their acts were abolished. Claudius prevented the senate from condemning Gaius 1; but decrees were passed against Domitian, Commodus, and Elagabalus.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Classical Studies.

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