Posted by: Dominic | May 16, 2011

Damnatio Redux

Sarah E. Bond, a history lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recaps some of the historical parallels for Egypt’s decision to erase former president Mubarak’s name from public places. To my surprise, this behavior extends back to ancient Egypt, including efforts to strike the female pharoah Hatsheptsut from inscriptions and statuary, and into Christian Rome and Byzantium and beyond – even to Renaissance Italy. Good stuff!

Pharoah Hatshepsut, ca. 1473–1458 BCE (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City).

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