The Art of Memory

01/04/2009

“Few people know that the Greeks, who invented many arts, invented the art of memory which, like their other arts, was passed on to Rome whence it descended in the European tradition. This art seeks to memorize through a technique of impressing “places” and “images” on memory. It has usually been classed as “mnemotechnics”, which in modern times seems a rather unimportant branch of human activity. But in the age before printing a trained memory was vitally important; and the manipulation of images in memory must always to some extent involve the psyche as a whole.”

Frances Yates in Sub-Urbanism and the Art of Memory, Sébastien Marot, 2003
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