n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Making Time for the Past : Local History and the Polis, Katherine Clarke : book review

Volume 52, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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We tend to take time for granted. The hours, minutes and days pass by at what we perceive as a fixed rate. But whilst time itself may be a constant, however it is measured (though I am aware that this itself is a contentious topic), the way in which we represent it is much more constructed than is often acknowledged. In the Middle Ages, such now-accepted basics as the way the hands of a clock moved round, that hours were of consistent length, or when the year started, were up for negotiation.

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