Teatro e propaganda, trionfo e mirabilia: considerazioni sul programma decorativo del teatro e della porticus di Pompeo – Matteo Cadario – Stratagemmi 19

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An analysis of the textual dossier on the decorative program of the Pompey’s theater and porticoes has allowed to recognize and contextualize, in the late republican culture, the statues displayed in the garden and in the buildings by their founder (with the help of his friends and consultants Varro and Atticus). The focus is on the meaning of the female statues (the Coponius’ Nations group and the female celebrities portraits cited by Tatian, including poets, courtesans and portentous mothers), and on the significance of the Pompey’s portrait set up in the Curia probably in 52 B.C., eight years before Caesar was murdered, at its foot. The sculptural program had to illustrate the main themes of pompeian propaganda (the memory of the third triumph in 61 B.C., the celebration of the power of Venus Victrix and the exploitation of wonders as the best way to win popular favour), but also shows a strong philhellenism consistent with the offering of porticoes and gardens to the leisure (otium) of their visitors.