Suffering in Silence: The Political Aesthetics of Pain in Antonine Art
Author: Ferris, Iain
Source: Journal of Conflict Archaeology, Volume 1, Number 1, 2005 , pp. 67-92(26)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:In this paper, two striking representations of screaming or shouting male barbarians, one on the Column of Marcus Aurelius in Rome and the other on the Pannonian tombstone of the Roman legionary C. Septimus, are analysed and discussed in detail. These two disturbing and provocative images of suffering are situated in the broader context of institutionalised violence in Roman society, as reflected in certain kinds of judicial punishments and in the games in the arena, and of depictions of pain and suffering in other contexts, both ancient and modern.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-11-01