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The Measure of Times Past: Pre-Newtonian Chronologies and the Rhetoric of Relative Time

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In this extraordinary work, Donald J. Wilcox seeks to discover an approach to narrative and history consistent with the discontinuous, relative time of the twentieth century. He shows how our B.C./A.D. system, intimately connected to Newtonian concepts of continuous, objective, and absolute time, has affected our conception and experience of the past. He demonstrates absol ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published November 15th 1989 by University of Chicago Press (first published November 1987)
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Ned Randolph
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whose Time is Where

“To see a world in a grain of sand/ And a heaven in a wild flower/ Hold infinity in the palm of your hand/ And eternity in an hour.” – William Blake

Donald Wilcox’s impressive exploration of time-reckoning theories and genealogy of historic methodologies opens a dizzying amount of questions and discussion points about the nature of time as well as the our problematic relationship with the past. I see the book in 3 parts: Part 1 provides a fairly linear evolution of time-reckoni
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