What and how do people remember? Who controls the process of what we call cultural or social memory? What is forgotten and why? People's memories are not the same as history written in retrospect; they are malleable and an ongoing process of construction and reconstruction. Ancient Rome provided much of the cultural framework for early Christianity, and in both the role of memory was pervasive. Memory in Ancient Rome and Early Christianity presents
perspectives from an international and interdisciplinary range of contributors on the literature, history, archaeology, and religion of a major world civilization, based on an informed engagement with important concepts and issues in memory studies. It offers a selective exploration of the wealth of topics which
comprise memory studies, and also features a contribution from a leading neuroscientist on the actual workings of the human memory.
Karl Galinsky is Floyd A. Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
PART I: MEMORY AND ROMAN WRITERS; PART II: MEMORY AND ROMAN EMPERORS; PART III: ROMAN HONORIFIC STATUES: MEMORY OR JUST HONOUR?; PART IV: MEMORY IN ROMAN RELIGION AND EARLY CHRISTIANITY; PART V: A PERSPECTIVE FROM NEUROPSYCHOLOGY