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Lacey Miller

Much of the art that we have seen this semester was made (or later appropriated) for propagandistic purposes. How do you see this coming in to play with Roman art and architecture?

Often times roman art depicted everyday life alongside mythological ideas. We see this especially on the murals and architectural designs of the leaders. We see this in the arch of Titus, which depicts great gifts of Jerusalem being brought to him. This gives the public the impression that they are not only politically entitled to their position, but also spiritually. This type of art has a way of morphing the public’s minds, not much different than the propaganda utilized today.