Mnemonics in the Mouseion: Considerations on Spatial Mnemonics as a Tool for Classification and Retrieval

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  • Ole Olesen-Bagneux
Purpose – Mnemonics was a tool in classification and information seeking processes in pre-print
libraries. The purpose of this paper is to study the role of spatial mnemonics in Hellenistic libraries,
including the one in Alexandria.
Design/methodology/approach – Since library- and information science has not explored this
subject in depth, philology, rhetoric, book-history and archeology constitute the core literature. From
this literature, the role of mnemonics in the libraries is discussed.
Findings – A new description of the practice of classification and retrieval in Hellenistic libraries,
based on spatial mnemonics.
Originality/value – This paper is a new analysis of spatial mnemonics in the Hellenistic libraries.
As will become clear, they blend easily and logically with each other.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Documentation
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)278-293
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Library history, Library in Alexandria, Library in Pergamum, Memory art, Mnemonics, Pinakes

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