Article ID: CBB072354567

Galen on the Anatomy of Memory (2022)


Ricardo Julião (Author)

Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Volume: 34
Issue: 1
Pages: 55-76
Publication date: 2022
Language: English

Memory is a well-researched topic in classical philosophy and literature, but it has often not been addressed in Greco-Roman medical texts. In this text, I aim to survey some aspects of the concept of memory in Galen’s oeuvre (129 - c.216). Albeit Galen did not write any text devoted to the topic of memory, we do find in his oeuvre quite a few considerations about the role of memory in the ‘economy’ of human life. As a doctor with genuine interests in philosophy, Galen’s observations on memory are at the crossroad of philosophical and clinical ideas about remembering and forgetting. Therefore, I will look at Galen’s conception of memory in its ordinary and pathological aspects, e.g., its role in learning, epistemology, and memory disorders. This research emerges as a central aspect of Galen’s thought that the psycho-physiological condition of the organism impacts memory’s performance.

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Authors & Contributors
Boudon-Millot, Véronique
Cambiano, Giuseppe
Chiaradonna, Riccardo
Falcon, Andrea
Fausti, Daniela
Hankinson, Robert James
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Galenos: Rivista di Filologia dei Testi Medici Antichi
Technai, An International Journal for Ancient Science and Technology
University of Washington
Cambridge University Press
Carocci Editore
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Edizioni ETS
Hippocratic medicine
Asclepiades of Bithynia
Hippocrates of Cos
Time Periods
19th century
Rome (Italy)

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