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    Greek and Roman Calendars (Classical World) (Paperback) By (author) Robert Hannah

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    DescriptionThe smooth functioning of an ordered society depends on the possession of a means of regularising its activities over time. That means is a calendar, and its regularity is a function of how well it models the more or less regular movements of the celestial bodies - of the moon, the sun or the stars. Greek and Roman Calendars examines the ancient calendar as just such a time-piece, whose elements are readily described in astronomical and mathematical terms. The story of these calendars is one of a continuous struggle to maintain a correspondence with the regularity of the seasons and the sun, despite the fact that the calendars were usually based on the irregular moon. But on another, more human level, Greek and Roman Calendars steps beyond the merely mathematical and studies the calendar as a social instrument, which people used to organise their activities. It sets the calendars of the Greeks and Romans on a stage occupied by real people, who developed and lived with these time-pieces for a variety of purposes - agricultural, religious, political and economic. This is also a story of intersecting cultures, of Greeks with Greeks, of Greeks with Persians and Egyptians, and of Greeks with Romans, in which various calendaric traditions clashed or compromised.


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    Title
    Greek and Roman Calendars
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Hannah
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 178
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780715633014
    ISBN 10: 0715633015
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBLA, PDZ
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, CULT/GREECE
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000, HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T General Subject: 495
    Abridged Dewey: 809
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190
    BIC subject category V2: PGZ
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI066000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 529.322
    LC classification: CE42 .H35 2005
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC21: 529.30938
    LC classification: 2006355418
    Thema V1.0: NHB, PDX, NHC, PDZ, PGZ
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG, 1QBAR
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd
    Publication date
    30 March 2005
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Robert Hannah is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the author of over 50 publications in the fields of Roman art and archaeology, Greek and Roman archaeoastronomy, the Classical tradition, and virtual reality in Classical art.