Simonides of Ceos
Simonides of Ceos (Ancient Greek: Σιμωνίδης ὁ Κεῖος) (c. 556 BC-468 BC) was a Greek lyric poet, born at Ioulis on Kea.
Roman legend claimed that Simonides of Ceos was the inventor of the Method of Loci, where large amounts of data can be remembered in order by placing images that represent the data into mental locations or journeys, but the actual origin of the technique goes far back into hunter-gatherer times.
You can learn the method of loci on this site in the actual village of Simonides — see the How to Build a Memory Palace page.
Read more about Simonides of Ceos:
- A Short Video Tour of Simonides’ Village
- The Town of Ioulis: Simonides’ Birthplace
- Pliny the Elder on Ancient Memory Feats
- Arrival on the Island of Kea (Ceos)