Wisdom from Godzilla – 2021.02.11

Damnatio Memoriae

Pharaoh Sethi I (Cedric Hardwicke)

“Let the name of Moses be stricken from every book and tablet. Stricken from every pylon and obelisk of Egypt. Let the name of Moses be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of man, for all time.”

Sethi banishes Moses
The Ten Commandments” – Cecil B. DeMille (1956)

Damnatio memoriae is a modern Latin phrase meaning “condemnation of memory”, indicating that a person is to be excluded from official accounts. There are and have been many routes to damnatio memoriae, including the destruction of depictions, the removal of names from inscriptions and documents, and even large-scale rewritings of history. The term can be applied to other instances of official scrubbing; the practice is seen as long ago as the aftermath of the reign of Pharaohs in the 13th and 14th centuries BC.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damnatio_memoriae

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