PALMA 24: God on earth: emperor Domitian
The re-invention of Rome at the end of the 1st century AD
Mocked and forgotten: Domitian, the last of the Flavian emperors (reigned from 81-96 AD). During his reign he marketed himself as God on earth, but after being murdered, he was mocked and his legacy was cursed by the senators and classic authors. They issued a damnatio memoriae causing his portraits and inscriptions of his name to be destroyed. But what was Domitian really like as an emperor? The winter exhibition in 2021 in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden will focus on one of the golden periods of the Roman empire: the reign of Domitian. Literature, culture and architecture revived like never before. The Rome that we know today had been built by Domitian, the Colosseum being one of the most famous of the remaining monuments. Before visiting the exhibition you can prepare yourself by reading this publication full of articles by international scholars. Rome and the imperial system is being discussed as well as a reappraisal of the reign of Domitian.
Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities (PALMA) is a series of monographs by the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (Netherlands).
- Language: English
- Book cover: Paper back
- Pages: 224
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