Vandalism and Resistance in Republican Rome

Thursday 2 November, 18.00–19.30

Vandalism and Resistance in Republican Rome
Penelope Davies (Austin)

This lecture explores a series of acts of violence against buildings in late Republican Rome. On the rare occasions when they are mentioned in scholarship, these episodes tend to be treated as random, isolated acts of vandalism. Set in the context of contemporaneous politics, and against the backdrop of norms regarding the sponsorship of public architecture, they appear, in fact, to be deliberate, ideologically-driven attempts to defy and circumvent a language of power established by the dominant class.