Ji yi zhi shu

Translated title of the contribution: The Art of memory

Frances A. Yates, Yan Qian, Liaoliao Yao

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The ancient Greeks, to whom a trained memory was of vital importanceas it was to everyone before the invention of printingcreated an elaborate memory system, based on a technique of impressing ""places"" and ""images"" on the mind. Inherited and recorded by the Romans, this art of memory passed into the European tradition, to be revived, in occult form, at the Renaissance, and particularly by the strange and remarkable genius, Giordano Bruno. Such is the main theme of Frances Yates's unique and distinctive book, in the course of which she sheds light on such diverse subjects as Dante's Divine Comedy, the form of the Shakespearian theater, and the history of ancient architecture. Aside from its intrinsic fascination, this book is an invaluable contribution to aesthetics and psychology, and to the history of philosophy, of science, and of literature.
Original languageChinese
Place of PublicationBeijing
PublisherZhong xin chu ban she
Number of pages433
ISBN (Print)9787508650647
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Bibliographical note

Previously published as The art of memory / by Frances A. Yates. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, [1966]

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    Yates, F. A., Qian, Y., & Yao, L. (2015). Ji yi zhi shu. Beijing: Zhong xin chu ban she.