The Damnation of Domitian

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Senators overjoyed with the death of Domitian, assailed the dead emperor with stinging, disparaging outcries. Having all traces of his reign removed and defaced all over the city, subjecting their victim to abolitio memoriae , removing the traces of his existence. This is the world presented by Suetonius in his writings on Domitian.

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The Damnation of DomitianSenators overjoyed with the death of Domitian, assailed the dead emperor with stinging, disparaging outcries. Having all traces of his reign removed and defaced all over the city, subjecting their victim to abolitio memoriae , removing the traces of his existence. This is the world presented by Suetonius in his writings on Domitian. Was this a justified reaction on the senates behalf? To answer this one must first examine the relationship between Domitian and the senate. Domitians relationship with the senate was always going to be strained, even at the best

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