Logo Header

Alicia Jiménez participating in conference entitled "Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire" at the Getty Villa

Stanford Classics Department, Acting Assistant Professor, Alicia Jiménez, is participating at a respondent in the Session Three: Memory, Myth, and History in the Roman East on Saturday, April 20, 10am-12:30pm.

Historical scholarship centers on determining what actually happened and why. Studies of historical, social, and cultural memory have a complementary emphasis: they focus on what people, and especially groups of people, remember, how these memories evolve, and how they shape identities. Ancient Rome was a memory culture par excellence and memory pervades all aspects of Roman culture: literature (including historiography), art, architecture, religion, and social and political history. Certainly by the time of the empire, such memories were pluralistic.

This two-day international conference presented at the Getty Villa addresses how memories evolved and functioned dynamically throughout the Roman Empire and explores both indigenous traditions and memories that persisted, were revived, or even invented. Topics include religious practices, the legacy of Troy, travel through the Empire, and early Christian cult sites.


  • Susan Alcock, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Francesco de Angelis, Columbia University, New York
  • Diane Favro, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Karl Galinsky, University of Texas, Austin
  • Alicia Jimenez, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • Zena Kamash, Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Rachel Kousser, City University of New York
  • Kenneth Lapatin, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Carlos Norena, Unviersity of California, Berkeley
  • Daniel Richter, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Felipe Rojas, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Brian Rose, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Nicola Terrenato, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • John Weisweiler, University of Chicago, Illinois/University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Tim Whitmarsh, Oxford University, United Kingdom
  • Greg Woolf, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Ann Marie Yasin, University of Southern California, Los Angeles



Schedule: http://www.getty.edu/museum/pdfs/cultural_memories_schedule.pdf