Originally Posted by johnincornwall
I thought revisionist forces were now saying they got a bad press? To be honest knocking the heads off Roman statues or smashing them altogether was fairly commonplace. If they only did the noses they got off lightly
Just goes to show how silly revisionist forces are!
Of course they were barbarians. A barbarian (to a Roman) was someone who was uncivilised - which literally means "not living in cities", which is the truth.
Smashing the nose from the face of a statue shows, well, defacement. The inherent beauty of the statue remains, but much of that beauty is robbed by the deliberate hacking off of the nose. Viewing that wanton destruction of the fine statue, is somehow more shocking than the thought of the items that were wholly destroyed, which we will never see.