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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]marcia m eaton
Fri, 28 May 1999 03:55:35 -0400
Carla's two categories of distortion (intentional and unintentional) in art
are interesting. I agree that Trajan's Forum, including the column, were
meant to glorify the Roman Emperor and hence, like all propaganda, was told
from his point of view. Nonetheless Ron and I were impressed with how much
credit he gave to the Dacians---had them depicted almost as heroically as
the Romans. Perhaps one of the reasons that the Vietnam Memorial is so
popular is that it seems to avoid taking sides, as it were.
As to unintentional distortion this could be an accident---e.g. someone got
the facts wrong but tried to be realistic, or someone might unconsciously
betray himself or herself.
As usual, these would be great topics to raise with students.