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Greek Memories
Theories and Practices

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Luca Castagnoli, Paola Ceccarelli, Lilah Grace Canevaro, Peter Agócs, Silvia Milanezi, Mirko Canevaro, Catherine Darbo-Peschanski, Andrea Capra, Ynon Wygoda, R. A. H. King, Claude Calame, Emidio Spinelli, Steven D. Smith, Riccardo Chiaradonna, Stephen R. L. Clark, Maria Michela Sassi
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  • Date Published: March 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108471725

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  • Greek Memories aims to identify and examine the central concepts underlying the theories and practices of memory in the Greek world, from the archaic period to Late Antiquity, across all the main literary genres, and to trace some fundamental changes in these theories and practices. It explores the interaction and development of different 'disciplinary' approaches to memory in Ancient Greece, which will enable a fuller and deeper understanding of the whole phenomenon, and of its specific manifestations. This collection of papers contributes to enriching the current scholarly discussion by refocusing it on the question of how various theories and practices of memory, recollection, and forgetting play themselves out in specific texts and authors from Ancient Greece, within a wide chronological span (from the Homeric poems to Plotinus), and across a broad range of genres and disciplines (epic and lyric poetry, tragedy, comedy, historiography, philosophy and scientific prose treatises).

    • Presents innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of how memory was conceived in Ancient Greece
    • Examines how memory functions in different literary and philosophical genres
    • Includes a theoretically informed introduction offering a comprehensive panorama of issues to do with memory in the ancient Greek world
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108471725
    • length: 442 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Luca Castagnoli and Paola Ceccarelli
    Part I. Archaic and Early Classical Configurations of Memory:
    1. Women and memory: the Iliad and the Kosovo cycle Lilah Grace Canevaro
    2. Speaking in the wax tablets of memory Peter Agócs
    Part II. Memory and Forgetting in the Classical Period:
    3. Economies of memory in Greek tragedy Paola Ceccarelli
    4. Aristophanes and his Muses, or memory in a comic key Silvia Milanezi
    5. Memory, the orators and the public in fourth-century BC Athens Mirko Canevaro
    6. The place and nature of memory in Greek historiography Catherine Darbo-Peschanski
    7. Lyric oblivion: when Sappho taught Socrates how to forget Andrea Capra
    8. Socratic forgetfulness and Platonic irony Ynon Wygoda
    9. Memory and recollection in Plato's Philebus: use and definitions R. A. H. King
    10. Is memory of the past? Aristotle and the objects of memory Luca Castagnoli
    Part III. Hellenistic Configurations of Memory:
    11. Hellenistic Cultural Memory: Helen and Menelaus between heroic fiction, ritual practice and poetic praise of the royal power (Theocritus 18) Claude Calame
    12. Physics, memory, ethics: the Epicurean road to happiness Emidio Spinelli
    Part IV. The Imperial Period: Continuity and Change:
    13. Claudius Aelianus: memory, mnemonics, and literature in the age of Caracalla Steven D. Smith
    14. Plotinus on memory, recollection and discursive thought Riccardo Chiaradonna
    15. Plotinus: remembering and forgetting Stephen R. L. Clark
    Part V. Envoi:
    16. Greek philosophers on how to memorise – and learn Maria Michela Sassi.

  • Editors

    Luca Castagnoli, University of Oxford
    Lucas Castagboli is Stavros Niarchos Foundation Clarendon Associate Professor in Ancient Greek Philosophy at the University of Oxford and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Clarendon Fellow in Ancient Greek Philosophy at Oriel College. He is the author of Ancient Self-Refutation: The Logic and History of the Self-Refutation Argument from Democritus to Augustine (Cambridge, 2010) and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Logic (forthcoming).

    Paola Ceccarelli, University College London
    Paola Ceccarelli is Lecturer in Classical Greek History at University College London. She has published widely in the field of Greek cultural history and is the author of monographs on the ancient weapon dance, La pirrica nell'antichità greco romana (1998), and Greek epistolography, Ancient Greek Letter Writing: A Cultural History (600 BC–150 BC) (2013).


    Luca Castagnoli, Paola Ceccarelli, Lilah Grace Canevaro, Peter Agócs, Silvia Milanezi, Mirko Canevaro, Catherine Darbo-Peschanski, Andrea Capra, Ynon Wygoda, R. A. H. King, Claude Calame, Emidio Spinelli, Steven D. Smith, Riccardo Chiaradonna, Stephen R. L. Clark, Maria Michela Sassi

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