HFM 017 | How to Memorize Like Cicero: Why Ancients Could Memorize the Phone Book

June 3, 2013


In this episode of the History in Five Minutes Podcast we look at the lost art of memorization. Boys in ancient Greece memorized Homer’s The Odyssey and the Iliad, medieval monks committed dozens of sermons to memory, and Augustine could fire off Cicero without breaking a sweat. Were all people in the ancient world like Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man, or did they make use of lost techniques?

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Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally)

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