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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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(p.212) (p.213) Epilogue
Caesar's Calendar

Denis Feeney

University of California Press

The reach of the Romans' time schemes was very great. They extended back to the fall of Troy when the Roman story could be said to begin, and sideways to take in the developments of the empires of Greece and the Near East. Horace's generation, and the ones immediately before and after it, are the ones to which this article returned repeatedly. This was a period when things were changing fast, and many people were actively engaged in creative work with Roman time. Julius Caesar's reform of the calendar was only part of a revolution in the representation of time under the evolving new order, with all the inherited forms undergoing profound change. The Romans' chronographic perspectives were in many respects superseded by their successors in the Renaissance, but not before they had contributed fundamentally to the creation of a new set of instruments for the charting of time.

Keywords:   Romans, time, Troy, Greece, Horace, Julius Caesar, calendar

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