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Greek and Roman Calendars : Classical World - Robert Hannah

Greek and Roman Calendars

Classical World

Paperback Published: 1st April 2013
ISBN: 9780715633014
Number Of Pages: 176

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The smooth functioning of an ordered society depends on the possession of a means of regularising its activities over time. That means is a calendar, and its regularity is a function of how well it models the more or less regular movements of the celestial bodies - of the moon, the sun or the stars. Greek and Roman Calendars examines the ancient calendar as just such a time-piece, whose elements are readily described in astronomical and mathematical terms. The story of these calendars is one of a continuous struggle to maintain a correspondence with the regularity of the seasons and the sun, despite the fact that the calendars were usually based on the irregular moon. But on another, more human level, Greek and Roman Calendars steps beyond the merely mathematical and studies the calendar as a social instrument, which people used to organise their activities. It sets the calendars of the Greeks and Romans on a stage occupied by real people, who developed and lived with these time-pieces for a variety of purposes - agricultural, religious, political and economic.This is also a story of intersecting cultures, of Greeks with Greeks, of Greeks with Persians and Egyptians, and of Greeks with Romans, in which various calendaric traditions clashed or compromised.

Astronomy and calendarsp. 5
Early Greek calendarsp. 16
Classical Greek calendarsp. 42
Synchronismsp. 71
The calendars of Romep. 98
Afterwordsp. 131
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ISBN: 9780715633014
ISBN-10: 0715633015
Series: Classical World
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st April 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 14.99  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1