Time in Antiquity
Routledge – 2009 – 210 pages
Series: Sciences of Antiquity Series
Time in Antiquity explores the different perceptions of time from Classical antiquity, principally through the technology designed to measure, mark or tell time. The material discussed ranges from the sixth century BC in archaic Greece to the 3rd century AD in the Roman Empire, and offers fascinating insights into ordinary people’s perceptions of time and time-keeping instruments.
‘Before the invention of clocks, what did time mean to people? Time in Antiquity is a fascinating look at how ancient Greeks and Romans marked the seasons and told the time - from checking the length of their shadows to tracking the rising and setting of the stars. The book is packed with technical detail that might put some people off, but Robert Hannah peppers his account with lively anecdotes from plays and poems, such as a greedy guest who arrives hours early for dinner when he measures his shadow at dawn instead of dusk.’ – New Scientist
'This book is well written, accessible, scholarly and thorough, and will be of the greatest value to anyone interested in ancient notions of time, and in ancient ways of measuring it.' - Brent Davis, University of Melbourne
1. Time in Antiquity: An Introduction 2. Cosmic Time 3. Marking Time 4. Telling Time 5. Measuring Time 6. Conceptions of Time 7. Epilogue