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Caesar's CalendarAncient Time and the Beginnings of History$
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Denis Feeney

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251199

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251199.001.0001

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· Transitions from Myth into History II

· Transitions from Myth into History II

Ages of Gold and Iron

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(p.108) Four · Transitions from Myth into History II
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Caesar's Calendar
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Denis Feeney

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251199.003.0005

The question of how “alike” are the present and the distant past is one that preoccupies this chapter, and the fall of Troy will once again be an important focus. The chapter investigates the transition from myth into history from a rather different angle, with a data bank made up mainly of poetic, rather than historiographical, texts. It investigate the most important transition in myth, at once the most important beginning and ending moment in myth—the transition from the Gold Age to the Iron Age. This is when humans enter upon patterns of life that are still current, and begin living a knowable and familiar life. According to this way of thinking the movement of historical time has taken humans out of a state of harmony with nature and locked them into a place in nature unlike that of any other animal.

Keywords:   Troy, myth, history, Gold Age, Iron Age, humans, nature

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