Making Time for the Past: Local History and the Polis

Paperback | July 14, 2011

byKatherine Clarke

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This book has two main and connected themes - the conception and articulation of time in the Greek world and the creation of history, especially in the context of the Greek city. Both how time is expressed and how the past is presented have often been seen as reflections of society. By lookingat the construction of the past through the medium of local historiography, where we can view these issues in the relatively restricted world of individual city-states, we can gain a clearer insight into how different versions of the past and different constructions of time were offered to thecommunity for approval. In this way, the citizens were able to negotiate time past and indeed their own history, and thereby to express their values and aspirations.

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This book has two main and connected themes - the conception and articulation of time in the Greek world and the creation of history, especially in the context of the Greek city. Both how time is expressed and how the past is presented have often been seen as reflections of society. By lookingat the construction of the past through the...

Katherine Clarke teaches mostly late republican and early imperial Roman History, covering the fascinating period of dynamic change during which Rome moved from a relatively democratic form of rule to the monarchical power of, albeit often benevolent, emperors. She has published extensively on the works of Roman historians such as Taci...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.93 inPublished:July 14, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199694982

ISBN - 13:9780199694983

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Making a business of time3. The world outside the polis4. 'City is history incarnate': writing the past of the polis5. Persuasion and plausibility: history and rhetoric in the polis6. Time for the polis: audiences and contextsEpilogue

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Review from previous edition: "The originality of Katherine Clarke's rich book, Making Time for the Past consists in bringing together the everyday life of the Polis with the construction of the historical past" --Richard Seaford, Times Literary Supplement 14/11/2008