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The Art of Memory is the classic study of how people learned to retain vast stores of knowledge before the invention of the printed page. In it, 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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A reprint of the 1966 Chicago edition. It is copublished with Routledge, K.P.
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About the Author

Frances A. Yates (1899-1981) was Reader in the History of the Renaissance at the University of London. Her other books include Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Preface

I. The Three Latin Sources for the Classical Art of Memory

II. The Art of Memory in Greece: Memory and the Soul

III. The Art of Memory in the Middle Ages

IV. Mediaeval Memory and the Formation of Imagery

V. The Memory Treatises

VI. Renaissance Memory: The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo

VII. Camillo's Theatre and the Venetial Renaissance

VIII. Lullism as an Art of Memory

IX. Giordano Bruno: The Secret of Shadows

X. Ramism as an Art of Memory

XI. Giordano Bruno: The Secret of Seals

XII. Conflict between Brunian and Ramist Memory

XIII. Girodano Bruno: Last Works on Memory

XIV. The Art of Memory and Bruno's Italian Dialogues

XV. The Theatre Memory System of Robert Fludd

XVI. Fludd's Memory Theatre and the Globe Theatre

XVII. The Art of Memory and the Growth of Scientific Method

Index

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Taylor, March 2, 2009 (view all comments by Taylor)
This is pretty much an exhaustive coverage of the memory mansion technology, where a person creates a virtual space and symbols and associates information with each symbol. Yates traces the technique to pre-socratic Greece through Rome and the medieval and Renaissance era. There's some intriguing overlay with the occult history of Giordano Bruno. I'll admit, however, I was actually looking for what I hoped would be detailed information on how the memory technique is done. While Yates does provide some information, I didn't find this book to be as useful as I hoped. It's useful as a history about memory techniques, but not really for a description of those techniques.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226950013
Author:
Yates, Frances Amelia
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Author:
Yates, Frances Amelia
Location:
Chicago:
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Mnemonics
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Memory
Subject:
Mnâemotechnique
Subject:
Mâemoire
Subject:
Thâeãatre anglais
Subject:
Mnemonics -- History
Subject:
Psychology-Cognitive Science
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
v. 2
Publication Date:
20010401
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones, 11 line drawings, 1 foldou
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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