Storytelling has been used to retain and pass down knowledge throughout history. When we think of some of the defining works of civilisation, one which comes immediately to mind is Homer’s Iliad.
Composed nearly 3,000 years ago, the Iliad is an epic tale of gods and heroes. But the academic consensus is that the story appears to be at least rooted in fact!
Weaving an epic narrative around these historical events doesn’t just make them more engaging, it makes them easier to remember and share.
Homer’s world was one without widespread writing, where the best way to transfer knowledge was orally. By using narrative, Homer was able to memorise more than 15,000 lines of text and deliver them all across the Ancient Greek world. Not only that, but his audiences were able to retain the information well enough to reproduce it and record it for the ages!