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Period, Era
(1,276 words)

[German version]

I. Basic facts

Ancient texts on the sequence of various eras or ages of the world share interest in a wide-ranging periodization(Periods, division into), in which reference to the present can be made under aetiological, eschatological or teleological aspects. Several strands are connected in the complex history of the theme: a sequence of generations or races (γένη/génē) or periods (aetates, saecula) named for metals, the con…

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Heckel, Hartwig (Bochum), “Period, Era”, 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 22 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12215160>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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