Commemoration and Élite Benefaction of Buildings and Spectacles in the Roman World*

@article{Ng2015CommemorationA,
  title={Commemoration and {\'E}lite Benefaction of Buildings and Spectacles in the Roman World*},
  author={Diana Y. Ng},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  year={2015},
  volume={105},
  pages={101 - 123}
}
  • Diana Y. Ng
  • Published 2015
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
Abstract Current scholarship on élite munificence in the Roman Empire often sees architectural benefactions as being at least partially driven by the élite desire for personal commemoration. I use juristic opinions from the Digest and other textual evidence related to building gifts to argue that there was an ancient understanding of the physical and symbolic ephemerality of architectural benefactions. In contrast, I present legal and epigraphic evidence to argue that there was an explicit… Expand
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