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The construction of time in antiquity : ritual, art, and identity

This book investigates how human beings related to time in antiquity. Building on the most recent research and opening new avenues in fields of Classics and Ancient History, Assyriology, Egyptology, Ancient Judaism, and Early Christianity, this book offers a broad study on rituals, festivals, astronomy, calendars, medicine, art, and narrative.
Print Book, English, 2017
Cambridge University Press, New York, 2017
360 Seiten. ; 23 cm.
9781107108967, 1107108969
1. Introduction Lutz Doering and Jonathan Ben-Dov; 2 Time and natural law in Jewish-Hellenistic writings Jonathan Ben-Dov; 3. Calendars, politics, and power relations in the Roman Empire Sacha Stern; 4. Doubling religion in the Augustan Age: shaping time for an empire Jörg Rüpke; 5. Real and constructed time in Babylonian astral medicine John Steele; 6. The intellectual background of the Antikythera mechanism Robert Hannah; 7. Divine figurations of time in Ancient Egypt Alexandra von Lieven; 8. The moon and the power of time reckoning in Ancient Mesopotamia Lorenzo Verderame; 9. Toward a phenomenology of time in ancient Greek art SeungJung Kim; 10. Women's bodies as metaphors for time in biblical, second temple, and rabbinic literature Sarit Kattan Gribetz; 11. The beginning of sabbath and festivals in ancient Jewish sources Lutz Doering; 12. Seasoning the bible and biblifying time through fixed liturgical reading systems (lectionaries) Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra; 13. The Roman ember days of September and the Jewish New Year Robert Hayward; 14. Celebrations and the abstention from celebrations of sacred time in Early Christianity Clemens Leonhard.