Memory Palace Ideas for Memorizing Historic Dates
First, here is the original drawing of the memory palace:
Here is my floorplan, which is roughly based on the building above:
In the original drawing, it looks like each pillar’s width represents a century, and the pillars height represents time within that Century.
In my diagram, each pillar represents one century for the last 3000 years. Pillars before 1000 B.C.E. represent 500 to 1000 years because the dates aren’t going to be as fine-grained or accurate.
I added an extra row on the ceiling for characters, but I’m not sure what to do with it yet. I also changed some of the descriptions. The Military section on the ceiling was placed that it is above the Battles section on the floor. That way, military leaders on the ceiling can be connected with battles on the floor.
I organized the center of the floor to match the timelines in a book of world history that I have.
One problem with the original drawing is that pillars are too uniform to make good loci. My idea is to take one event or character from each country and attach that to the pillar. For example, the event in the 19th century that immediately stands out for me is the US Civil War. I would make pillar number 19 have characteristics of the Civil War and then attach other images to that. The floor then becomes a journey from left to right, where key images can be placed.
I think that once some key images are placed, other images can be attached to them.
I’m not sure if this system will work or not, so I’m just brainstorming out loud here. If anyone has any suggestions, please leave a comment…