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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History

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Publication details for Dr Amy Russell

Russell, A. (2014). Memory and Movement in the Roman Fora from Antiquity to Metro C. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 73(4): 478-506.

Author(s) from Durham


Movement, particularly repeated or ritualized movement, can play an important role in the practices of cultural memory. Using Jan Assmann’s concept of cultural and communicative memory to explore the creation and reproduction of cultural memory through movement, Memory and Movement in the Roman Fora from Antiquity to Metro C illuminates the enduring influence of ancient street networks on the modern cityscape. The Forum Romanum and the neighboring Imperial Fora were places of memory in antiquity and are major tourist sites today, but they had different relationships to urban movement networks in the past. Amy Russell argues that the pattern of long-term continuity and recent change in each area’s relationship to the wider city and its movement patterns are direct consequences of the way cultural heritage has been consumed and cultural memory constructed through movement.