Title: The Art of Memory
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Random House UK October 2014
1847922929 / 9781847922922
Seller ID: 115448
A revolutionary book about mnemonic techniques, and their relation to culture as a whole, which is itself hard to forget.
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.