n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The Templum Pacis : construction of memory under Vespasian
|Article Title||The Templum Pacis : construction of memory under Vespasian|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||145 - 163|
|Keyword(s)||University of Queensland|
The issue of memory was problematic for Vespasian as founder of the second dynasty of Rome. The Templum Pacis, among the first entirely new structures completed under Vespasian, provided the emperor with a public space within which he could expediently establish public memories of events connected with the beginnings of his rule. Within the templum, the contexts of social memory - place, objects, ritual and textual narrative - were carefully architected and manipulated. This paper will argue that Vespasian used the Templum Pacis to construct a shared memory of the Jewish War and its consequences for Rome and the empire, thereby validating his claim to power.
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