The Wikipedia article on the subject notes that the term damnatio memoriae, referring to the relegation of a person's name to oblivion, as if they never existed, is a neo-Latin expression first attested in 1689.

What wording do the ancient sources use when speaking about the practice? While the German Wikipedia article refers to the term abolitio nominis, I seem to be unable to find any direct references to it either.

  • Possible lead for a Post-classical alternative: I think in the Old Testament the name of Moses is commanded to be erased from Egiptian history by the Pharaoh, but I don't know if it is elaborated as a properly named concept
    – Rafael
    Feb 27 '18 at 12:49

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