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1280px-Portrait of family of Septimius Severus - Altes Museum - Berlin - Germany 2017

The Severan Tondo

Damnatio memoriae is a modern Latin phrase meaning "condemnation of memory", indicating that a person is to be excluded from official accounts. Depending on the extent, it can be a case of historical negationism. There are and have been many routes to damnatio memoriae, including the destruction of depictions, the removal of names from inscriptions and documents, and even large-scale rewritings of history.

The practice has been seen as early as the Egyptian New Kingdom period, where the Pharaohs Hatshepsut, Akhenaten and Amenmesses were subject to it. Damnatio memoriae continued to be practiced to the Roman Period.

Notable Egyptian artefacts subjected to damnatio memoriae[]

  • Severan Tondo
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