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Chronography
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I. General

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A. Notions of measuring time

Most cultures have some method of measuring time, frequently based on periodical changes within nature or the stars. The oldest of these is the pars-pro-toto method, in which it is not a certain period of time as a whole that is connected, but a regularly recurring phenomenon within that time [1. 9 f.] (e.g. lunar phases). Metaphors of time or the measuring thereof play no grea…

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Rüpke, Cancik-Kirschbaum, Eva (Berlin), Quack, Joachim (Berlin), Hollender, Elisabeth (Cologne) and Toral-Niehoff, Isabel (Freiburg), “Chronography”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12215340>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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