By Ralph M. Rosen
Considering the subject of time in antiquity, juxtaposing cultures and societies, yields impressive intersections, continuities, and discontinuities within the methods humans have engaged with temporality.
One of the main power dichotomies we discover throughout many premodern societies is that among cyclical and teleological time—time marching inexorably ahead, towards a target, and the markers of nature that appear repetitive, cyclical, and essentially solid. Over the millennia a lot ingenuity has been directed at those versions. particular examinations diversity from the development of time and area in prehistory, Roman Britain, quantifications of time in Assyria and Babylonia, via facets of time in classical India, the Hebrew Bible, China, Greece, and the Roman Empire.
With contributions by way of John C. Barrett (University of Sheffield), Marc Brettler (Brandeis University), Chris Gosden (Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford), Astrid Möller (University of Freiburg), David Pankenier (Lehigh University), Alex Purves (University of California, Los Angeles), Eleanor Robson (University of Cambridge), Ludo Rocher (University of Pennsylvania), and Michele Renee Salzman (University of California, Riverside).