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Making Time for the Past: Local History and the Polis

Katherine Clarke


This book is about time and local history in the Greek world. It argues that choices concerning the articulation and expression of time reflect the values of both those who ‘make’ it and their audiences. This study ranges from the widespread awareness of time's malleability and the perceived value of the past by the citizens of the Greek polis to the formal analysis of time-systems in Hellenistic scholarship. It addresses the development by historians of ways to articulate the long span of historical time, from the chronologies developed by those who wrote universal narratives to those whose s ... More

Keywords: time, polis, time-systems, local history, chronologies, calendar, Hellenistic scholarship, social context, civic identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291083
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291083.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Clarke, author
Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, St Hilda's College, Oxford
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