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June 8, 2013 / Tamara Reynolds

Ponderings and Current Research

“The artificial memory is established from places and images, the stock definition to be forever repeated down the ages. A locus is a place easily grasped by the memory, such as a house, an intercolumnar space, a corner, an arch, or the like. Images are forms, marks or simulacra of what we wish to remember.

If we wish to remember much material we must equip ourselves with a large number of places. It is essential that the places should form a series and must be remembered in their order, so that we can start from any locus in the series and move either backwards or forwards from it.”

                                                                                        –  Francis Yates, The Art of Memory

And so Ariadne gave to him this in clew, the use of a string to mark the way, by which Theseus might escape after the monster was killed.

                                                                                         – Attributed to Ovid

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