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Speaking in the Wax Tablets of Memory

Agocs, PA; (2019) Speaking in the Wax Tablets of Memory. In: Castagnoli, L and Ceccarelli, P, (eds.) Greek Memories: Theories and Practices. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In early Classical Greek literature (tragedy and choral song) the most common, indeed only metaphor used to characterise human memory was writing on a wax tablet (deltos). This chapter examines the evidence for the metaphor in early poetry and speculates about the possible links between the poetry and the later use of the metaphor in philosophical discussions of memory (Plato and Aristotle). It also discusses how the metaphor helps us to understand the cultural meaning and function of early written texts.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Speaking in the Wax Tablets of Memory
ISBN-13: 9781108471725
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/cla...
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.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Greek and Latin
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1565371
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