The paper analyzes a male portrait head that was discovered in theagora/forum of Halaesa. Several traces are examined, that attestthe lives of the portrait-statue to which the head belonged, andallow to show dynamics and mechanisms of both the honorarypractice and the opposite, oblivion and memory-sanctions. Atfirst, the head most probably belonged to an Augustan effigies togatavelato capite. In a second phase, it was transformed into anofficial early Constantinian portrait, portraying a young prince,probably Licinius II (to whom also a honorary inscription fromHalaesa refers). Finally, it was defaced by having its surface andsensory organs injured. Even after having been pulled down andvandalized, the portrait maintained an active presence in theforum/agora of Halaesa, functioning as a monument of shame intendedto sanction, and to suppress, the memory of the portrayedpersona, who had falled into disgrace during the troublesaccompanying the affirmation of Constantine as sole emperor.
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|