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Making Time for the PastLocal History and the Polis$
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Katherine Clarke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291083.001.0001

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Making Time for the Past

Katherine Clarke (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter focuses on chronography, that is, the scholarly field which concerns the organization and articulation of time. It examines the extant fragments of the ancient chronographic tradition, which was initially dominated by competitive culture of Hellenistic scholarship, and by figures such as Eratosthenes of Cyrene and Apollodorus of Athens. Methodological problems, such as that of generic classification, are addressed throughout. The chapter deals first with works concerning Greek city-calendars, especially the festival calendars, before moving on to those which focus on the articulation and expression of linear, historical time. Here are treated issues of synchronism; the establishment of important dates, such as that of the fall of Troy and the acme of Homer; the correlation of fixed chronological markers with continuous systems, such as lists of eponymous magistrates, kings, or Olympic victors; the development of universal chronologies; and the notion of literary time-frames.

Keywords:   chronography, competitive culture, Hellenistic scholarship, Eratosthenes of Cyrene, Apollodorus of Athens, generic classification, festival calendars, synchronism, chronological markers, eponymous magistrates

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