By Yates, Frances Amelia

A progressive booklet approximately mnemonic suggestions, and their relation to the heritage of philosophy, technology, and literature

The historical Greeks, to whom a expert reminiscence was once of significant importance—as it used to be to everybody ahead of the discovery of printing—created an complex reminiscence procedure, in keeping with a method of impressing "places" and "images" at the brain. Inherited and recorded by means of the Romans, this paintings of reminiscence handed into the ecu culture, to be revived, in occult shape, on the Renaissance, and especially by means of the unusual and noteworthy genius, Giordano Bruno. Such is the most subject of Frances Yates's targeted and special e-book, during which she sheds mild on such varied topics as Dante's Divine Comedy, the shape of the Shakespearian theater, and the heritage of historic structure. other than its intrinsic fascination, this e-book is a useful contribution to aesthetics and psychology, and to the historical past of philosophy, of technology, and of literature

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S k e l e t o n o u t l i n e o f t h e r u l e s o f t h e artificial m e m o r y is already in existence a b o u t half a c e n t u r y after t h e d e a t h of been though texts the rules, basically as w e they would have been u n k n o w n centuries to us before find refined they i n Ad t h e m a n d reached amplified the really Herennium, in Latin successive teacher four later. I n t h i s e a r l i e s t Ars memorativa treatise, the images for w o r d s formed from primitive etymological dissection of the word.

D o e s it i m p l y that t h e m e m o r y image h e i g h t e n s i t s s t r i k i n g effect b y e x a g g e r a t i n g i t s t r a g i c o r c o m i c aspect, as t h e actor does b y w e a r i n g a m a s k ? D o e s it suggest t h a t t h e stage w a s a likely s o u r c e o f striking m e m o r y i m a g e s ? O r does t h e w o r d m e a n i n t h i s c o n t e x t t h a t t h e m e m o r y i m a g e is l i k e a k n o w n i n d i v i d u a l p e r s o n , a s t h e a u t h o r o f Ad Herennium advises, b u t wears that personal mask only to jog the m e m o r y ?

9 T h i s is a n a d m i r a b l e t u t o r i a l p r i n c i p l e t h o u g h o n e r e g r e t s t h a t it p r e v e n t s t h e a u t h o r f r o m s h o w i n g u s a w h o l e set or gallery o f s t r i k i n g a n d u n u s u a l imagines agentes. W e m u s t b e c o n t e n t w i t h the three specimens which he describes. T h e first is a n e x a m p l e o f a ' m e m o r y f o r t h i n g s ' i m a g e . W e h a v e t o s u p p o s e t h a t w e a r e t h e c o u n s e l for t h e d e f e n c e i n a l a w suit.

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