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Week
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Chronological periodicity, typically 4-10 days, linked with particular public activities (religious, political, commercial), often in the form of market days ( nundinae ) [1].

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I. Types

Two different forms of 'week' were known in antiquity. (1) The type corresponding to the modern week, of fixed length and ignoring the monthly calendar, only took hold gradually, at first in the form of the seven-day week (h ebdomas), based on the Sabbath and probably regular from the time of the Jewish exile (587-539 BC), a…

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Rüpke, Jörg (Erfurt), “Week”, 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 15 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12211610>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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