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Domitia Longina and the Politics of Portraiture

Eric R. Varner
American Journal of Archaeology
Vol. 99, No. 2 (Apr., 1995), pp. 187-206
DOI: 10.2307/506339
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/506339
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

A reexamination of the portraits traditionally assigned to Domitia Longina reveals that they can be divided into three distinct types. Type I was created at the time of Domitia's marriage to Domitian in A. D. 70; type II at the time of Domitian's accession in A. D. 81, celebrating Domitia's new position as Augusta and consort of the Dominus et Deus; and type III after Domitian's assassination, honoring Domitia's participation in the plot to kill her husband. The portraits of Domitia attest to her enduring social and political significance.

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