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date: 26 June 2022

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The erasure of all records and sometimes the tangible works of an individual from history was not only the result of criminal or heretical acts on the part of the individual attacked, but also might result from the desire of an individual’s successors to discount the targeted individual’s legitimacy and to enhance their own legitimation at the personal or dynastic level. The tombs of individuals thus sanctioned by damnatio were thus targets for varying degrees of destruction—from total destruction at worst, through varying degrees of selective destruction, to the careful reattribution of the monuments through replacement of the individual’s names, titles or images.

Keywords: damnatio, destruction, erasure, legitimacy, reattribution, redecoration, usurpation

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