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In fresh years reminiscence has develop into a critical proposal in old experiences, following the definition of the time period 'Cultural reminiscence' through the Egyptologist Jan Assmann in 1994. puzzling over reminiscence, as either a person and a social phenomenon, has resulted in a brand new means of conceptualizing background and has drawn historians into debate with students in different disciplines corresponding to literary reports, cultural concept and philosophy. the purpose of this quantity is to discover reminiscence and id in historic societies. ‘We are what we be mindful' is the impressive thesis of the Nobel laureate Eric R Kandel, and this holds both real for old societies as smooth ones. How did the societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome take into account and commemorate the previous? How have been relationships to the previous, either person and collective, articulated? Exploring the stability among reminiscence as survival and reminiscence as reconstruction, and among reminiscence and traditionally recorded truth, this quantity reveals the best way historic societies shaped their cultural identity.

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