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On Mistake And Meaning: Scinderationes Fonorum In Medieval Artes Memoriae, Mnemonic Verses, And Manuscripts

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In this chapter, the author would like to sketch out the relationship between what Virgilius called scinderationes fonorum and the art of memory, practical mnemonics, and medieval manuscript transmission. Epitomae and Epistolae were not widely diffused, and there is, according to the author, little evidence of their direct influence in the later Middle Ages, the time when the (partly revised) art of memory and various types of mnemonic verses became very popular. Thus, this period is focused in the chapter. Medieval readers were much better prepared for creating and solving scinderationes on the other levels, including the art of memory and practical mnemonics.

Keywords: medieval manuscript transmission; memory treatise; mnemonic verses; scinderationes fonorum



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