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The Late Medieval Summa Iovis As A Case Study For The Use Of Poems As Mnemonic Aids

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This chapter aims to present a didactic poem containing teachings of the ars dictaminis as a particular case study. One of the common assumptions about the usefulness of poetry and verses is their memorability. The Summa Iovis is based upon Guido Faba's Summa dictaminis. To summarize the conducted analysis of the Summa Iovis the author emphasizes three circumstances that made poems memorable and thereby created mnemonic aids. First, the learned mind of the middle Ages was to an extremely high degree practiced in the use of poetry and acquainted with the structure of verses. Second, poetry necessarily abridged even long and complex subjects due to the obligations of the meter. Finally, a structure dictated by logic was provided to the subject in question as well as given to individual parts of it.

Keywords: ars dictaminis; Middle Ages; mnemonic aids; Summa Iovis



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