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Chapter 15 - Sites of Exemplarity and the Challenge of Accessing the Cultural Memory of the Republic

from Part III - Building Cultural Memory

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 April 2023

Martin T. Dinter
Affiliation:
King's College London
Charles Guérin
Affiliation:
Université de Paris IV
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his chapter will discuss some of the ways that recent scholarship on cultural memory has contributed to thinking about the role of exempla in Roman culture, and particularly to the development of the idea of the ‘site of exemplarity’.1 It will also suggest how insights found in this scholarship might sharpen our appreciation of some of the challenges that face modern scholars who are studying cultural memory in antiquity, especially when it comes to the Roman republic from which so little written testimony survives. These themes will be focused through the discussion of the somewhat obscure case of Vibellius Taurea, a bold native of the city of Capua who clashed with the Romans during the Second Punic War.

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Print publication year: 2023

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