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Ceccarelli, P; Castagnoli, L; (2019) Introduction. In: Castagnoli, L and Ceccarelli, P, (eds.) Greek memories: Theories and practices. (pp. 1-49). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. (In press).

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The introduction offers a frame of reference for the individual studies that follow. It starts with modern definitions and taxonomies of memory and introduces some approaches to memory studies. It then focuses on some key aspects of memory in ancient Greece: (1) its connection with time and history; (2) its perceived divine nature and trans-temporal power; (3) the impact of the introduction of writing on Greek conceptions of memory and memorial practices; (4) memory and archives; (5) memory's persistence as a powerful divinity, for instance in the 'Dionysiac-Orphic' tablets; (6) the dynamic tension between memory and forgetting; (7) the relations between memory, cognition, and knowledge; (8) the connections between memory, reciprocity, justice, and retribution; (9) gender and memory; (10) the role of objects and places as sites of memory. The chapter then proposes a reading of the contributions to the volume, pointing out intersections, coincidences and divergences among the various approaches adopted by the Contributors.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Introduction
ISBN-13: 9781108471725
Publisher version: http://admin.cambridge.org/academic/subjects/class...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: memory, mnemotechniques, archives, writing, time, forgetting
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055660
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