The Art of Memory (Frances Yates: Selected Works Volume III) - download pdf or read online

By F A Yates

ISBN-10: 0415220467

ISBN-13: 9780415220460

Considered one of smooth Library's a hundred top Nonfiction Books of the 20 th CenturyIn this vintage learn of ways humans discovered to preserve giant shops of data earlier than the discovery of the published web page, Frances A. Yates strains the paintings of reminiscence from its remedy by way of Greek orators, via its Gothic alterations within the center a long time, to the occult types it took within the Renaissance, and eventually to its use within the 17th century. This booklet, the 1st to narrate the paintings of reminiscence to the heritage of tradition as an entire, used to be innovative while it first seemed and keeps to mesmerize readers with its lucid and revelatory insights.

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One of the most poignant moments in the history of Western civilisation is Charlemagne's call to Alcuin to come to France to help to restore the educational system of antiquity in the new Carolingian empire. Alcuin wrote a dialogue 'Concerning Rhetoric and the Virtues' for his royal master, in which Charlemagne seeks instruction on the five parts of rhetoric. When they reach memory, the conversation is as follows: Charlemagne. What, now, are you to say about Memory, which I deem to be the noblest part of rhetoric ?

8 Alcuin, Rhetoric, ed. , p. 146. 9 See the introductions by Marx and Caplan to their editions of Ad Herenmum. An admirable study of the diffusion of Ad Herennium is made in an unpublished thesis by D. E. D. thesis, Cornell University, 1953. I have had the advantage of seeing this thesis in microfilm, for which I here express my gratitude. 10 Marx, op. , pp. 51 ff. T h e association of Ad Herennium with De inventione in the manuscript tradition is studied in the thesis by D. E. Grosser, referred to in the preceding note.

Other things come up readily, in unbroken order, as they are called for; those in front making way for the following; and as they make way, they are hidden from sight, ready to come when I will. 48 Thus opens the meditation on memory, with, in its first sentence, the picture of memory as a series of buildings, 'spacious palaces', and the use of the word 'thesaurus' of its contents, recalling the orator's definition of memory as 'thesaurus of inventions and of all the parts of rhetoric'. In these opening paragraphs, Augustine is speaking of the images from sense impressions, which are stored away in the 'vast court' 4 * Confessions, X, 8 (Pusey's translation).

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