The Gaze of the Captive

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Specimen image from CNGcoins.com

I’ve started to wonder if anyone has written anything on the representation of the captive’s gaze in Roman Art.  Usually prisoners of war are shown mourning their own fate like the woman to the left of the trophy, but on occasion the prisoner is shown contemplating the symbols of the Roman victory.  A powerful construction of the audience of the spectacle and the spectacle as a means of making imperium manifest.  Must check Ida’s work…

CRRO 468/2

 

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