Memory Loss? Try This Ancient Greek Memorization Technique To Improve Your Memory!

This technique was used by the winner of the world memory championship

L. Small
3 min readAug 29, 2020


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In ancient Greece, before writing, stories were told orally. Thus, memory played an important role in the life of an ancient Greek narrator. It is therefore not surprising that the concept of memory was given the form of the goddess Mnemosyne. In addition, the Greeks also invented methods to improve their memory. One of them is the Loci Method, which has long been used in the Western world.

Mnemosyne, Goddess of Memory

Mnemosyne is the Titaness / Titanide, which is one of the 12 children of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaia (Earth). His siblings include Cronus and his wife, Rhea, Oceanus and his wife, Tethys, Iapetus, and Themis. Mnemosyne is also believed to be the mother of Muses.

“Study of Jane Morris for ‘Mnemosyne’, 1876” by Birmingham City Council is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

According to Greek mythology, Zeus (who was Mnemosyne’s niece) slept with Mnemosyne for nine days in a row. As a result of this unification, Muses was born. These are the nine goddesses responsible for inspiring those involved in literature, science, and the arts. The nine Muses and their respective domains are as follows: Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Euterpe (music), Erato (lyric poetry), Melpomene (tragedy), Polyhymnia (hymns), Terpsichore (dance), Thalia ( comedy) and Urania (astronomy).

The Loci Method

One of the methods invented by the ancient Greeks to improve their memory was the Loci Method. This technique is known as Memory Journey, Memory Palace, or Mind Palace Technique. According to the Roman orator Cicero, this technique was invented by a Greek lyricist named Simonides of Ceos. Cicero then told a story in which the scholar was invited to deliver a lyric poem at a dinner in Thessaly. Shortly after he delivered the poem, Simonides was called outside, where the roof of the banquet hall suddenly collapsed. Other guests were crushed to death, many of their bodies shattered unidentified.
This makes it difficult to identify the dead, which is necessary for their…



L. Small

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