Cultural memory and identity in ancient societies

edited by Martin Bommas

In recent years memory has become a central concept in historical studies, following the definition of the term 'Cultural Memory' by the Egyptologist Jan Assmann in 1994. Thinking about memory, as both an individual and a social phenomenon, has led to a new way of conceptualizing history and has drawn historians into debate with scholars in other disciplines such as literary studies, cultural theory and philosophy. The aim of this volume is to explore memory and identity in ancient societies. 'We are what we remember' is the striking thesis of the Nobel laureate Eric R Kandel, and this holds equally true for ancient societies as modern ones. How did the societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome remember and commemorate the past? How were relationships to the past, both individual and collective, articulated? Exploring the balance between memory as survival and memory as reconstruction, and between memory and historically recorded fact, this volume unearths the way ancient societies formed their cultural identity.

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  • Introduction - Martin Bommas
  • I: Ancient Societies - Smiting the Enemies: Visualising memory in ancient Egypt - Michela Luiselli
  • Grave markers and Cultural Memory in ancient Athens - Niall Livingstone
  • Pausanias's Egypt - Martin Bommas
  • Becoming Roman in Varro's de lingua Latina - Diana Spencer
  • II: Modern Societies - Sculpture, text and recall - Mary Harlow, Ray Laurence and Roger White
  • Memory without media - John Hunter
  • The Vichy Resistance: Cultural Memory in post-war France - Steffen Prauser
  • Heritage and the Creation of Pasts - John Carman
  • Afterword - Elena Theodorakopoulos.

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書名 Cultural memory and identity in ancient societies
著作者等 Bommas, Martin
Theodorakopoulos, Elena
シリーズ名 Cultural memory and history in antiquity
出版元 Continuum
刊行年月 2011
ページ数 xiv, 147 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9781441120502
NCID BB07231647
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス