The Art of Memory
In this classic study of how people learned to retain vast stores of knowledge before the invention of the printed page, Frances A. Yates traces the art of memory from its treatment by Greek orators, through its Gothic transformations in the Middle Ages, to the occult forms it took in the Renaissance, and finally to its use in the seventeenth century. This book, the first to relate the art of memory to the history of culture as a whole, was revolutionary when it first appeared and continues to mesmerize readers with its lucid and revelatory insights.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - elenchus - LibraryThing
Yates provides a fascinating account of both how memory systems worked in Classical and Mediaeval times (including an examination of differences between those approaches); and, a consideration of how ... Read full review
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There are enough reviews here describing the contents and quality of this book. For me, the best part was the palpable sense of discovery the author conveyed as she began to see how Simonides's ... Read full review