The Templum Pacis: Construction of memory under Vespasian

Taraporewalla, Rashna (2010) The Templum Pacis: Construction of memory under Vespasian. Acta Classica, 53 145-164.

Author Taraporewalla, Rashna
Title The Templum Pacis: Construction of memory under Vespasian
Journal name Acta Classica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0065-1141
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 53
Start page 145
End page 164
Total pages 20
Place of publication Pretoria, South Africa
Publisher Classical Association of South Africa
Language eng
Abstract 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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