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The soteriological topography serves as a repository in which meaning is stored and retained. It may be navigated and explored. It is a means of recollecting virtues as well as vices, and of discarding the latter. In each of these features, it is associated with memory. Augustine explains how sensory impressions are filed (reponuntur) by means of traces through imagery, whereas the liberal sciences are filed as themselves. In Bernard, memory is where imprints of man's disposition are made; those of God and those picked up by himself. Thus care must be taken to administer both the manner of imprints received and the fate of these imprints in memory. One Bernardine text has been accorded particular attention with regard to memory. Ad clericos de conversione explores the nature of memory via a conspicuous clash of the metaphorical figures of book and stomach.

Keywords: Ad clericos de conversione; Augustine; Bernardine memories; soteriological topography

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