anamnesis anamnesis
 an'-am-nee'-sis from ana “again” and
mimneeskein “to put in mind”
recollectio, recordatio

Calling to memory past matters. More specifically, citing a past author from memory.
Was it not Socrates who said the unexamined life is not worth living?
Related Figures
  • Figures of Ethos
    Anamnesis helps to establish ethos, since it conveys the idea that the speaker is knowledgeable of the received wisdom from the past.
  • epicrisis
  • chreia
Related Topics of Invention

  • Authorities
    This figure is related to the topic of invention, authorities, since it invokes an authority, usually by explicit allusion.
See Also
  Sources: Smith, ("anamesis" "recordatio" "remembrance"), 249

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Gideon O. Burton, Brigham Young University
Please cite "Silva Rhetoricae" (

Trees | SILVA RHETORICAE | Flowers