Caesar's Calendar Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History

Caesar's Calendar Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History

It is a practically impossible mental exercise for readers of this book to imagine maneuvering themselves around historical time without the universalizing, supranational, and cross-cultural numerical axis of the dates in b.c. and a.d., or b.c.e. and c.e.

These numerical dates seem to be written in nature, but they are based on a Christian era of year counting whose contingency and ideological significance are almost always invisible to virtually every European or American, except when we hesitate over whether
to say b.c. or b.c.e.1

 University of California Press
Berkeley Los Angeles London

  1. Synchronizing Times I: Greece and Rome 7
  2. Synchronizing Times II: West and East, Sicily and the Orient 43
  3. Transitions from Myth into History I: The Foundations of the City 68
  4. Transitions from Myth into History II: Ages of Gold and Iron 108
  5. Years, Months, and Days I: Eras and Anniversaries 138
  6. Years, Months, and Days II: The Grids of the Fasti 167
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