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carla schiller (
Wed, 26 May 1999 21:40:57 -0700 (PDT)

Maybe I missed the discussion on how artists and others can sometimes
"distort" the truth. A question was raised in the Walk 3 of the
Philosophers' Forum about why Trajan's column might have disorted the
truth, or why 20th c. artworks might do the same.
It seems to me that there are two major categoires of such a
distortion: 1)intentional distortion and 2) unintentional disortion that
occurs simply because no one can escape his/her perspective (i.e. each of
us can only look out of our own set of eyes).
Trajan's Column, I suspect, comes under the first category. IN fact,
in some ways it reminds me of one of those "as told to" first person
books. Trajan hired an artist to present his version of certain events.
Presumably no one thought he was going to try and present an objective
narrative - he was a ruler celebrating a victory. A more recent example
would be the Arc d'Triomphe.
So what do the rest of you think, or did I somehow miss a discussion
of this thread?

Carla Schiller
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