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Cultural Memory and Identity in Ancient Societies

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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.


Martin Bommas is senior lecturer in Egyptology at the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham, UK. He was a research associate of Professor Jan Assmann at the University of Heidelberg until 2000, and has published five monographs on ancient Egyptian rituals, religious texts, and memory.


Introduction - Bommas
1. The Ancient Egyptian Scene of 'Pharaoh Smiting His Enemies': An Attempt to Visualise Cultural Memory? - Luiselli
2. Silent Voices? Cultural Memory and the Reading of Inscribed Epigram in Classical Athens - Livingstone
3. Becoming Roman in Varro's de lingua Latina - Spencer
4. Jewish Memory and Identity in the First Century AD: Philo and Josephus on Dreams - Harrisson
5. Pausanias' Egypt - Bommas
6. Forgetting to Remember in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt - Boozer
7. Sculpture, Text and Recall: Viscountess Harriet Fitzharris' Memorial in Christchurch Cathedral, Dorset - Harlow, Laurence and White


Titel: Cultural Memory and Identity in Ancient Societies
EAN: 9781441187475
ISBN: 978-1-4411-8747-5
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Bloomsbury Usa
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 168
Veröffentlichung: 06.10.2011
Jahr: 2011
Untertitel: Englisch