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Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire

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$55.00 • £44.95 • €49.50

ISBN 9780674976931

Publication Date: 12/31/2018

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392 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

39 photos, 5 maps, 5 tables

Belknap Press

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Without Paul Kosmin’s meticulous investigation of what Seleucus achieved in creating his calendar without end we would never have been able to comprehend the traces of it that appear in late antiquity… A magisterial contribution to this hitherto obscure but clearly important restructuring of time in the ancient Mediterranean world.—G. W. Bowersock, The New York Review of Books

Tells the story of how the Seleucid Empire revolutionized chronology by picking a Year One and counting from there, rather than starting a new count, as other states did, each time a new monarch was crowned… Fascinating.—Christopher Tayler, Harper’s

In 305 BCE, Seleucus I, Alexander’s successor as the ruler of a multiethnic and multilingual empire in Asia, introduced a new era. The new dating system was intended to make the king master of time. It ultimately transformed the historical consciousness of the empire’s populations, triggered the nostalgic desire to keep the memory of a pre-Seleucid past, and shaped expectations of the future. With erudition, theoretical sophistication, and meticulous discussion of the sources, Paul Kosmin sheds new light on the meaning of time, memory, and identity in a multicultural setting.—Angelos Chaniotis, author of Age of Conquests

Kosmin’s richly-textured book brings home the dramatic newness and deep reach of Seleucid temporal symbolism and demonstrates the close interweaving of spatial and temporal imaginations. This bold, interdisciplinary analysis of indigenous responses to the Seleucid ‘time regime’ provides tools that will facilitate dialogue and collaboration across fields of classical, biblical, and ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean studies.—Anathea Portier-Young, author of Apocalypse against Empire

Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire demonstrates not only what can be done with often obscure and difficult sources in several ancient languages, but also what needs to be done if we are to make real progress in our understanding of the Hellenistic world. What we have here is not just another study of the Seleucid Empire but a new model for how to study the history of the ancient world in our global present.—Johannes Haubold, author of Greece and Mesopotamia

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