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Memory in Ancient Rome and Early Christianity$
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Karl Galinsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198744764

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744764.001.0001

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Monuments, Memory, and Status Recognition in Roman Asia Minor

Monuments, Memory, and Status Recognition in Roman Asia Minor

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Memory in Ancient Rome and Early Christianity

Diana Y. Ng

Oxford University Press

This chapter re-examines the application of social memory theories and models to the study of honorific portraits and public sculptural programmes in Roman Asia Minor. Specifically, it argues that, while honorific and public portraits have been considered objects of both personal and collective memory, in the Orations of Dio Chrysostom they are presented as markers of immediate public recognition that are on a par with other transitory honours. In contrast, as carriers of memory, honorific portraits are seen as vulnerable to alteration, recycling, and forgetfulness. Moreover, even when elite public portraits are set within larger assemblages celebrating civic founders, the rationale for the inclusion of the portraits is not for the incorporation of the portrait subjects into the collective memory of a community’s past and identity. Rather, such juxtapositions advance metaphorical statements on the role of the elites as a city’s patrons and benefactors.

Keywords:   Asia Minor, honorific portraits, public monuments, legendary founders, Dio Chrysostom, civic identity, statues and memory

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