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Ancient and medieval memories : studies in the reconstruction of the past

Author: Janet Coleman
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
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This book examines how medieval readers interpreted and used history as presented to them in ancient documents and how this interpretation differs from and resembles that proposed by modern  Read more...


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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Janet Coleman
ISBN: 9780521411448 0521411440 9780521019378 0521019370
OCLC Number: 22953162
Description: xx, 646 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1: The critical texts of antiquity --
Plato --
Aristotle --
Cicero --
Pliny and Roman naturalists on memory; Borges's Funes the Memorious --
Plotinus and the early neo-Platonists on memory and mind --
Augustine: the early works --
Augustine's De Trinitate: on memory, time and the presentness of the past --
pt. 2: The practice of memory during the period of transition from classical antiquity to the Christian monastic centuries: The early monastic practice of memory: Gregory the Great; Benedict and his rule --
Bede, monastic grammatica and reminiscence --
Monastic memory in service of oblivion --
Cistercian 'blanched' memory and St. Bernard: the associative, textual memory and the purified past --
Twelfth-century Cistercians: the Boethian legacy and the physiological issues in Greco-Arabic medical writings --
pt. 3:The beginnings of the scholastic understanding of memory --
Abelard --
Memory and its uses: the relationship between a theory of memory and twelfth-century historiography --
pt. 4: Aristotle neo-Platonised: the revival of Aristotle and the development of scholastic theories of memory --
Arabic and Jewish translations of sources from antiquity: their use by Latin Christians --
John Blund, David of Dinant, the De potentiis animae et obiectis --
John of La Rochelle --
Averroes --
Albert the Great --
Thomas Aquinas --
pt. 5: Later medieval theories of memory: the via antiqua and the via moderna --
John Duns Scotus --
William of Ockham --
The legacy of the via antiqua and the via moderna in the Renaissance and beyond --
Conclusion: An all too brief account of modern theories of mind and remembering.
Responsibility: Janet Coleman.
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'Ancient and Medieval Memories offers a vast, generously learned account of philosophies of knowledge and theories of the past. In Coleman's study, the history of memory theory is a doorway to the Read more...

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