The Art of Memory (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Art of Memory This study of memory looks at the history and development of memory enhancement. The book begins by looking at the ancient Greeks who invented a memory system based on a technique of impressing "places" and "images" on the mind. This technique was then developed by the Romans and Europeans.
- Published: 27 November 1992
- Format: Paperback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780712655453 ISBN 10: 071265545X
- Sales rank: 36,540
Full description for The Art of Memory
The ancient Greeks, to whom a trained memory was of vital importance - as it was to everyone before the invention of printing - created an elaborate memory system, based on a technique of impressing 'places' and 'images' on the mind. Inherited and recorded by the Romans, this art of memory passed into the European tradition, to be revived, in occult form, at the Renaissance, and particularly by the strange and remarkable genius, Giordano Bruno. Such is the main theme of Frances Yates's unique and brilliant book, in the course of which she sheds light on such diverse subjects as Dante's Divine Comedy, the form of the Shakespearian theatre and the history of ancient architecture. Aside from its intrinsic fascination, The Art of Memory is an invaluable contribution to aesthetics and psychology, and to the history of philosophy, of science and of literature.