The Measure of Times Past: Pre-Newtonian Chronologies and the Rhetoric of Relative Time

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The Measure of Times Past In this extraordinary work, Donald J. Wilcox seeks to discover an approach to narrative and history consistent with the discontinuous, relative time of the twentieth century. He shows how our B.C./A.D. system, intimately connected to Newtonian concepts of continuous, objective, and absolute time, has affected our conception and experience of the past. He demonstrates absolute time's centrality to ... Full description

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David J. Wilcox is professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.

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