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The Landscape As A Memory Construction In The Latin Petrarch

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One of the most fascinating and studied phenomena of human memory is déjà vu the impression of having already experienced a situation that actually happens for the first time or of having already been in a place where we stand for the first time. Petrarch uses literary-historical reading of the landscape as the tool for expressing his own cultural and even political position. An exemplary case is the composition of Petrarch's Itinerarium to the Holy Land, more exactly Itinerarium de Ianua usque Ierusalem et Alexandriam, the guide to the pilgrimage to Palestine that Petrarch wrote in three days, between March and April 1358, for his friend Giovanni Mandelli, political and military commander of the court of the Visconti in Milan. One of the most visible techniques which Petrarch uses for cartographic acquisition of space is the agglomeration of elements, which bridges practically all of the 66 letters.

Keywords: cartographic acquisition; human memory; landscape; latin petrarch

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