Ancient memory : remembrance and commemoration in Graeco-Roman literature / edited by Katherine Mawford and Eleni Ntanou.

Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2021]
viii, 320 pages ; 23 cm.


Trends in classics. Supplementary volumes ; 119. [More in this series]
Summary note
Although the recent 'memory boom' has led to increasing interdisciplinary interest, there is a significant gap relating to the examination of this topic in Classics. In particular, there is need for a systematic exploration of ancient memory and its use as a critical and methodological tool for delving into ancient literature. The present volume provides just such an approach, theorising the use and role of memory in Graeco-Roman thought and literature, and building on the background of memory studies. The volume's contributors apply theoretical models such as memoryscapes, civic and cultural memory, and memory loss to a range of authors, from Homeric epic to Senecan drama, and from historiography to Cicero's recollections of performances. The chapters are divided into four sections according to the main perspective taken. These are: 1) the Mechanics of Memory, 2) Collective memory, 3) Female Memory, and 4) Oblivion. This modern approach to ancient memory will be useful for scholars working across the range of Greek and Roman literature, as well as for students, and a broader interdisciplinary audience interested in the intersection of memory studies and Classics.
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  • Frontmatter
  • Preface
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Part I: The Mechanics of Memory
  • Taking a Walk through Rome...: Comedic Itineraries and Early Republican Spatial Memory
  • Quoting from Memory? Shared Knowledge in Cicero's Book Fragments of Accius' Atreus
  • Part II: Collective Memory
  • Memories of Glory: Poetry, Prose, and Commemoration in the Heraclidae
  • Ovid's Poetics of Memory and Oblivion in his Exilic Poetry
  • The Memory of Marcus Regulus and Cannae in Plautus' Captivi
  • Divine Memories and the Shaping of Olympus in the Iliad
  • Part III: Female Memory
  • The Manipulation of Memory in Apollonius' Argonautica
  • Bound to Break Boundaries: Memory and Identity in Seneca's Medea
  • Audita mente notaui: (Meta)memory, Gender, and Pastoral Impersonation in the Speech of Ovid's Galatea
  • Part IV: Oblivion
  • Ovid's Labyrinthine Ars: Pasiphae and the Dangers of Poetic Memory in the Metamorphoses
  • Divine Memory, Mortal Forgetfulness and Human Misfortune
  • Forgetfulness as a Narrative Device in Herodotus' Histories
  • Part V: Further Thoughts
  • Memory and its Discontents in Ancient Literature
  • List of Contributors
  • Index Rerum et Nominum
  • Index Locorum
  • 3110728710
  • 9783110728712
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