Commemorating the War Dead of the Roman World


in Cultures of Commemoration

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780197264669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753985 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Commemorating the War Dead of the Roman World

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This chapter examines Roman attitudes towards the commemoration of those killed on campaign. In general, there is a lack in Roman public monuments recording the names of those who died in action, but two notable exceptions are explored here: Cicero’s proposal to commemorate the dead of the Civil War, and the monuments at Adamclissi in Dacia. The chapter goes on to discuss other ways in which war, and the casualties of war, were commemorated in Rome, in particular through the incorporation of the anniversaries of significant military events into the city’s religious calendar.

Keywords: Republican Rome; Imperial Rome; civil war; Adamclissi; Cicero; religious festivals

Chapter.  9635 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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