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.
paper
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Documentation
Volume71
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)278-293
Number of pages15
ISSN0022-0418
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

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

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