The Art of Memory


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This unique and brilliant book is a history of human knowledge. Before the invention of printing, a trained memory was of vital importance. Based on a technique of impressing 'places' and 'images' on the mind, the ancient Greeks created an elaborate memory system which in turn was inherited by the Romans and passed into the European tradition, to be revived, in occult form, during the Renaissance. Frances Yates sheds light on Dante's Divine Comedy, the form of the Shakespearian theatre and the history of ancient ...

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Sep 10, 2009


This book is a classic, and unreplaced by any of the subsequent works on memory treatises. Particularly productively provocative are the comments on contemporaneous art and literature, and how the structures of memory treatises may have affected these.

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