Mutilation and Transformation: Damnatio Memoriae and Roman by Eric Varner

By Eric Varner

The aim of this booklet is to supply a consolidated selection of fabrics to facilitate comparability of a number of the nationwide human rights associations (NHRIs) already proven within the Asia-Pacific area, opposed to a historical past of chosen foreign fabrics and with the help of a number of comparative tables. The latter usually are not meant to be exhaustive, yet are designed to aid in picking out and contemplating the strengths and weaknesses inherent within the legislative mandates of every nationwide establishment. whereas the gathering is basically meant for educating reasons, it may even be worthwhile to nations contemplating setting up a countrywide human rights fee or, for these that have already performed so, strengthening its mandate. as a result, numerous sections were incorporated outlining the connection which should still exist among NHRIs, the administrative, the Legislature, the Judiciary and different comparable associations and a quick part at the significance of the method which should still precede their institution.

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The portrait contains numerous signs of recarving. The size of the face is significantly smaller than the great mass of the hair and corona. Although most of the back of the head is a restoration, when seen in profile, the face bears no coherent relationship to the large size of the head. Furthermore, the neck is too massive for the proportions of the face. Most importantly, the hairstyle of Caligula’s main type, with central part, is still discernable in the upper row of curls above the added locks of Claudius’s earlier Kassel type which now frame the forehead.

The Fano likeness is a colossal statue which portrays the emperor with hip mantle in the guise of Jupiter. Although the head is worked for insertion, it appears to belong with the body and the statue provides important evidence for the reuse of Caligula’s full-length images. 45 The bust in Berlin has been cut down from a fulllength statue, which also portrayed the emperor 41 Staatliche Museen, Antiken-Abteilung, inv. 10. Museo Civico. 43 Inv. 15. 44 A statue in Zadar reworked to Augustus provides additional confirmation for such divine or semi-divine depictions of Caligula, see cat.

Indeed, the classicizing elements of the Caligulan likeness have been entirely subsumed in the Claudian image’s emphasis on verism. The accentuated signs of aging in this portrait effectively distinguish the new likeness of Claudius from the youthful visage of his overthrown predecessor, and express visually Claudius’s political and ideological distance from the unsuccessful regime of Caligula. A second reworked representation of Claudius in Woburn Abbey is also noteworthy for its exaggerated signs of aging and its physical anomalies are similar to those of the Conservatori likeness (cat.

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