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"KAT|STUDIO|NYC|USA" <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 5 Feb 1993 12:48:12 EST
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This request is cross-posted to MEDIA-L and SCREEN-L.
Dear Listers:
I am looking for film titles relating to ancient Rome.
Specifically, I am looking for visual imagery to use in an
educational communications project about the use of symbols
and images for the consolidation and maintenance
of power and authority in ancient Rome.
The thesis which I would like to illustrate is that
the symbols of paternal family authority (*paterfamilias*)
which existed in Republican Rome (for example, ancestor
worship, ancestor masks, funeral processions, *pietas*, etc.)
were usurped by Octavian (Augustus) to consolidate power and
authority in the 'state-family' of Imperial Rome of which
he was the 'father', the decendant of a diefied Caesar
and before that, the Gods.
In particular, I would like to show examples of symbolic rituals
related to ancestor worship (for example, scenes involving
ancestors masks, funeral processions, etc.), and scenes
relating to paternal authority and its transfer.
In addition, more modern allogoric or analogous uses of
symbols of paternal power used to consolidate or legitimize
political power or authority in a particular individual or
regime.would also be appreciated, especially if these contain
symbolic or express references to ancient Rome.
Also, is anyone aware of any on-line (Internet or other)
sources that might contain still imagery (GIF, PICT or other)
relating to any of the above?
Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Please reply direct or to the list.
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