Greek and Roman Calendars: Constructions of Time in the Classical World

Greek and Roman Calendars: Constructions of Time in the Classical World

Robert Hannah


the graceful functioning of an ordered society is dependent upon the ownership of a way of regularising its actions through the years. that implies is a calendar, and its regularity is a functionality of ways good it types the kind of average hobbies of the celestial our bodies - of the moon, the solar or the celebs. Greek and Roman Calendars examines the traditional calendar as simply the sort of time-piece, whose parts are effortlessly defined in astronomical and mathematical phrases. the tale of those calendars is one among a continual fight to take care of a correspondence with the regularity of the seasons and the solar, even though the calendars have been often in response to the abnormal moon. yet on one other, extra human point, Greek and Roman Calendars steps past the basically mathematical and stories the calendar as a social tool, which individuals used to organise their actions. It units the calendars of the Greeks and Romans on a degree occupied via actual humans, who built and lived with those time-pieces for numerous reasons - agricultural, non secular, political and economic.This is usually a narrative of intersecting cultures, of Greeks with Greeks, of Greeks with Persians and Egyptians, and of Greeks with Romans, within which quite a few calendaric traditions clashed or compromised.

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