This is the first of two audio programmes on the topic of ROMAN MEMORY.

This episode features (in order of appearance)

David Tollerton (University of Exeter) on the background to modern Memory Studies (from the perspective of Holocaust Studies)

Karl Galinsky (University of Texas) on the Memoria Romana project, Augustus, and damnatio memoriae

Maggie Popkin (Case Western Reserve University) on the Roman Triumph, the arch of Septimius Severus, and cognitive theories of memory

Peter Wiseman (University of Exeter) on Augustus, the Palatine Hill, and the mythology of Rome’s foundation

How to listen

You can listen on iTunes (where you can subscribe to the podcast).

Alternatively, you can find us on our OU podcast channel, or you can listen to the programme on Soundcloud.


Roman Memory on the OU podcast site - a linked screenshot

Further Reading

Volumes resulting from the Memoria Romana Project

Karl Galinksy and Kenneth Lapatin (eds.) (2016), Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire, Los Angeles, Getty Publications.

Karl Galinsky (ed.) (2016), Memory in Ancient Rome and Early Christianity, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Karl Galinsky (ed.) (2014), Memoria Romana: Memory in Rome and Rome in Memory, Supplement to the Memoirs of the American Academy at Rome.

You can find a list of individual publications by scholars on this project on the Memoria Romana website.


Memory-related publications by the speakers in this episode include:

Galinsky, K. (1998) Augustan Culture: an interpretative introduction, Princeton University Press.

Galinsky, K. (2012) Augustus: introduction to the life of an emperor, Cambridge University Press.

Galinsky, K. (2008) “Recarved Imperial Portraits:  Nuances and Wider Context,” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 52, pp. 1-25.

Hughes, J. (2014) ‘Memory and the Roman viewer: Looking at the Arch of Constantine’ in Memoria Romana: Memory in Rome and Rome in Memory pp. 103-116.

Popkin, M. L. (2017) ‘Souvenirs and Memory Manipulation in the Roman Empire: The Glass Flasks of Ancient Pozzuoli,’ in Materializing Memories in Art and Popular Culture, ed. L. Munteán, L. Plate, and A. Smelik, Routledge, pp. 45-61.

Popkin, M. L. (2016) The Architecture of the Roman Triumph: Monuments, Memory and Identity, Cambridge University Press.

Tollerton, D. (2017) ‘The problem with London’s new Holocaust memorial’, The Conversation, October 26th 2017

Tollerton, D (2017) ‘A new sacred space in the centre of London’Journal of Religion Society 19 [online open access].

Wiseman, T. P. (2004) The Myths of Rome, Exeter University Press.

Wiseman, T. P. (2014) ‘Popular Memory’ in K. Galinsky (ed.) Memoria Romana: Memory in Rome and Rome in Memory pp. 43-62.


And finally

You can listen to Professor Galinsky share some of his own (episodic) memories in this outtake from our interview: