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This introductory chapter of this book presents a selection of the papers offered at the conference "Orality, Literacy, Memory", hosted by the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in July 2006. The theme of the conference was well served by the keynote speaker, Jocelyn Penny Small, whose address incorporated both the cognitive and the experiential approaches to memory. It is always difficult to determine how accurate ancient remembering might have been, especially since in literature one have for the most part only purported quotations and rarely also the originals for comparison. Ingeniously Small uses visual "copies" to examine what in the Greek and Roman worlds was understood by "copy", but with plentiful reference to ancient literature that demonstrates wider application of her findings.

Keywords: cognitive approaches; experiential approaches; Greek world; Roman world



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