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Staging the World is an illustrated learn of the Roman triumphal procession in its ability as spectacle and function. Ida Ostenberg analyses how Rome provided and perceived the defeated on parade. Spoils, captives, and representations are the gadgets, and the fundamental inquiries to be requested challenge either contents and context: What was once displayed? How used to be it paraded? What used to be the reaction? The triumph was once a crowded civic occasion, whilst spectators met with cash from Spain and Asia, Jewish temple treasures, silver plate and furnishings from opulent royal feasts, bushes from jap gardens, Punic elephants showing as in conflict, kings, lengthy recognized via identify simply, and ferocious barbarians wearing outlandish costumes. Ostenberg goals to teach what tales the Roman triumph informed concerning the defeated and what principles it transmitted approximately Rome itself.

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111 Still, it is likely that the carpenta were paraded in large numbers. 113 When Minucius Rufus triumphed over the Gauls on the Alban Mount in 197 bc, Livy maintains that his procession almost equalled that of his colleague in Rome as regards the military standards, carpenta, and spoils displayed,114 thereby attesting to the importance of exhibiting a large number of chariots. Thus, in the Gallic triumphs of 197–187 bc, the carpenta were most probably displayed as a rather anonymous mass of weaponry, a fact that also explains their fairly unglamorous task of acting as transport vehicles for other spoils.

1. g. Cic. Phil. 68; Liv. 10; Ov. Trist. 33–4. 300 bc. 22 Polyb. 10. 23 Liv. 6–7. 24 Val. Max. 24; Plin. Nat. 101–2; Gell. 11. Oakley (1985: esp. 397, 409 and n. 141); Rawson (1990: 160). 4–8) claims that the soldiers in L. Quinctius Cincinnatus’ triumph of 458 bc followed laden with booty, secutus exercitus praeda onustus. 31 Textual evidence is abundant and depictions in art exist too. However, both literature and reliefs paint rather general pictures of martial spoils on triumphal parade. Thus, less than could be expected can be deduced on their specific appearance, origin, and numbers.

My dear man, didn’t you hear? A laurel’s come from Caesar to announce his triumph over the German tribes. They’re clearing the altars of cold ashes. 124 Having crossed the Rhine and encountered the Morini in a smaller fight, Caligula had his army entering ships to cross over to Britain, only to return immediately. 120 Lucan complains that Caesar chose to celebrate triumphs not only for his victories in enemy Gaul but over his fellow Romans as well. The passage quoted above forms part of a vision of how his glorious manifestation of Gallic victory would have appeared had it been the only parade performed.

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