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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book comprises a series of studies which take ancient texts as evidence of the past, and show how medieval readers and writers understood them.

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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: 1. Plato --
2. Aristotle --
3. Cicero --
4. Pliny and Roman naturalists on memory; Borges's Funes the Memorious --
5. Plotinus and the early neo-Platonists on memory and mind --
6. Augustine: the early works --
7. 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: 8. The early monastic practice of memory: Gregory the Great; Benedict and his rule --
9. Bede, monastic grammatica and reminiscence --
10. Monastic memory in service of oblivion --
11. Cistercian 'blanched' memory and St. Bernard: the associative, textual memory and the purified past --
12. 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: 13. Abelard --
14. 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: 15. Arabic and Jewish translations of sources from antiquity: their use by Latin Christians --
16. John Blund, David of Dinant, the De potentiis animae et obiectis --
17. John of La Rochelle --
18. Averroes --
19. Albert the Great --
20. Thomas Aquinas --
pt. 5. Later medieval theories of memory: the via antiqua and the via moderna: 21. John Duns Scotus --
22. William of Ockham --
23. 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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