In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

Damnatio Memoriae

I love this post! Damn fine thinking.

Bound to Anpu

The Romans had a practice called damnatio memoriae (“condemnation of the memory”), the Egyptians had very nearly the same practice before them, and the Greeks even had some similar ideas. It involved the systematic erasure of a person’s name and deeds, usually after death although sometimes it began even while they were still alive. Usually it was reserved for people who were intensely hated by the people (or the next rulers) or who were deemed guilty of some great blasphemy.

The concept was based on the idea that erasing someone’s name and accomplishments erased them as well. They’d be forgotten and just fade away, not only in this world but in their afterlife as well. And history largely supports the idea’s effectiveness: there are figures from antiquity who were erased so thoroughly that it was thousands of years before anyone rediscovered them. Even in modern times, if you can control…

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