Le tre vite di un’effigie onoraria: usi e abusi di un ritratto virile dall’agorà/foro di Alesa

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Abstract

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.
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)65-80
Numero di pagine16
RivistaORIZZONTI
Volume22
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2020

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