Part 1: The architecture of everything
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Part 1: The architecture of everything The Theatre of Memory It is sixteenth-century Italy and a young scholar stands, with trepidation, on the stage of a massive amphitheatre. The scholar’s nervousness is not caused by stage fright as his only audience is a distant, solitary fi gure bent down over a scroll. Rather, our young scholar is overwhelmed by the task that lies ahead of him. Contained within the drawers and shelves that make up the theatre’s seven graded stalls are ‘all things men can conceive’ (Viglius quoted in Yates 2001: 137) and the phenomenal challenge ahead of the young scholar is to memorize the entire content of this massive archive and to emerge, after many months and years have passed, with a truly encyclopaedic knowledge.