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This book analyzes the mentality that required the invention of history to commemorate the achievements of aristocrats at the dawn of the Roman Empire. By investigating classical literary sources as well as the visual arts, this book helps us understand how the Romans justified their action to themselves and to their conquered subjects. It investigates how the Romans interacted with the artistic traditions of the ancient Greeks, Etruscans, and other Italian peoples.
1. Images of triumph; 2. Scenes of battle, emblems of conquest; 3. Funerary commemorations; 4. The religious and civic duties of magistrates; 5. The effectiveness of historical commemorations in the Republican milieu.