CAESAR'S CALENDAR
Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History

DENIS FEENEY
386pp 12 PHOTOS 2007 OUT OF PRINT G300

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Description
The ancient Romans changed more than the map of the world when they conquered so much of it; they altered the way historical time itself is marked and understood. In this book Feeney investigates time and its contours as described by the ancient Romans, first as Rome positioned itself in relation to Greece and then as it exerted its influence as a major world power. He investigates the pertinent systems, including the Roman calendar and its near-perfect method of capturing the progress of natural time; the annual rhythm of consular government; the plotting of sacred time onto sacred space; the forging of chronological links to the past; and, above all, the experience of empire, by which the Romans meshed the city state's concept of time with those of the foreigners they encountered to establish a new worldwide web of time.