The volume represents the seventh in the series on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds. It comprises a collection of essays on the significance and working of memory in ancient texts and visual documentation, from contexts both oral (or oral-derived) and literate. The authors discuss a variety of interpretations of ‘memory’ in Homeric epic, lyric poetry, tragedy, historical inscriptions, oratory, and philosophy, as well as in the replication of ancient artworks, and in Greek vase inscriptions. They present therefore a wide-ranging analysis of memory as a fundamental faculty underlying the production and reception of texts and material documentation in a society that gradually moved from an essentially oral to an essentially literate culture.
Anne Mackay, Ph.D. (1984) in Classics, Victoria University of Wellington, is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her publications include specialist studies of ancient Greek vase-painting as well as comparative analyses of vase-painting and oral literature.
Contributors include: Geoffrey Bakewell, Egbert Bakker, Han Baltussen, Anna Bonifazi, Edwin Carawan, Thomas Hubbard, André Lardinois, Elizabeth Minchin, Alexandra Pappas, Ruth Scodel, Niall Slater, and Jocelyn Penny Small.
All those interested in the ancient Greek and Roman world, classical philologists, ancient art historians, and the interface between orality and literacy.