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In contemporary years reminiscence has turn into a important suggestion in ancient experiences, following the definition of the time period 'Cultural reminiscence' by way of the Egyptologist Jan Assmann in 1994. wondering reminiscence, as either anyone and a social phenomenon, has ended in a brand new approach of conceptualizing heritage and has drawn historians into debate with students in different disciplines corresponding to literary stories, cultural concept and philosophy. the purpose of this quantity is to discover reminiscence and identification in historic societies. ‘We are what we bear in mind' is the notable thesis of the Nobel laureate Eric R Kandel, and this holds both real for old societies as glossy 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 way in which old societies shaped their cultural identity.

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