The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

Book - 1984
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In 1577, the Jesuit Priest Matteo Ricci set out from Italy to bring Christian faith and Western thought to Ming dynasty China. To capture the complex emotional and religious drama of Ricci's extraordinary life, Jonathan Spence relates his subject's experiences with several images that Ricci himself created--four images derived from the events in the bible and others from a book on the art of memory that Ricci wrote in Chinese and circulated among members of the Ming dynasty elite. A rich and compelling narrative about a remarkable life, The Memory Palace Of Matteo Ricci is also a significant work of global history, juxtaposing the world of Counter-Reformation Europe with that of Ming China.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking Penguin, 1984
ISBN: 9780670468300
Characteristics: xii, 350 p., [1] leaf of plates : 10 ill. ; 24 cm


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Feb 28, 2015

The author is a professor at Yale so his scholarship is to be trusted. The book is confusingly organized and is about a rather obscure subject--mnemonic devices of the 16th century. But the book is well worth reading quickly for the wealth of information about what life in the 16th century in Italy and the Far East--the practice of religion, the activities of merchants and businessmen, the nature of government---fascinating.


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