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Censorship ?

Postby Marcus Pomponius Lupus on Tue Oct 29, 2002 12:47 pm


Something I've been wondering about for some time: was their (an official) censorship in Rome ? How was this conducted and what period are we talking about then ?

There's of course the infamous damnatio memoriae, but that was a very severe punishment and I think there had to be something in between absolute freedom of speech and damnatio memoriae for every wrong verse.

The only two exemples I can think about are Ovidius and Juvenalis, who were both cast into exile because of what they've written.

So, is there anyone who knows more about this ?

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Postby Q. C. Locatus Barbatus on Wed Oct 30, 2002 8:24 pm


I would like to attach another question: was there any press at all?


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Postby Quintus Aurelius Orcus on Wed Oct 30, 2002 11:48 pm

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I think these questions deal also with the every day life. With the press, there might have been censorship? There might have been press in those days. otherwise who could news have spread from one side of a town to another. Sure there might have been reporters who pretty much documented what happened in his day: fire, riots, etc... Not the kind we have today. The other press was likely to be oral press. Word of conquest was not only documented by the "reporters" of those days by traveled from city to city by only words instead of written texts. But i think that censorship changed with every new leader.
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Roman Press: Acta Diurna

Postby Aldus Marius on Thu Oct 31, 2002 4:01 am

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Let's not forget the Acta Diurna, posted daily outside the Senate House in the Forum, which served as the equivalent of the Congressional Record (with tasty newsbits from the Provinces occasionally thrown in).

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