By Francis M. Dunn
Francis M. Dunn's Present surprise in overdue Fifth-Century Greece examines the common social and cultural disorientation skilled through Athenians in a interval that witnessed the revolution of 411 B.C.E. and the army misadventures in 413 and 404---a disturbance as robust as that defined in Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. The past due 5th century was once a time of mammoth cultural and highbrow switch, finally resulting in a shift clear of Athenians' conventional tendency to hunt authority long ago towards a better reliance at the authority of the current. while, Dunn argues, writers and thinkers not just registered the surprise yet explored how you can comply with dwelling with this new experience of uncertainty. utilizing literary case stories from this era, Dunn exhibits how narrative suggestions replaced to target depicting a global during which occasions have been not utterly predetermined through the previous, impressing upon readers the rewards and demanding situations of suffering to discover their very own method forward.
Although Present surprise in overdue Fifth-Century Greece concentrates upon the past due 5th century, this book's interdisciplinary procedure might be of wide curiosity to students and scholars of historical Greece, in addition to someone enthusiastic about the remarkably versatile human knowing of time.
Francis M. Dunn is Professor of Classics on the collage of California, Santa Barbara. he's writer of Tragedy's finish: Closure and Innovation in Euripidean Drama (Oxford, 1996), and coeditor of Beginnings in Classical Literature (Cambridge, 1992) and Classical Closure: interpreting the top in Greek and Latin Literature (Princeton, 1997).
"In this attention-grabbing research, Francis Dunn argues that during overdue fifth-century Athens, existence grew to become enthusiastic about the present---that relocating rapid among previous and destiny. Time itself replaced: new clocks and calendars have been constructed, and narratives have been packed with suspense, twist of fate, and uncertainty approximately issues to return. abruptly, destiny surprise was once now."
---David Konstan, John Rowe Workman wonderful Professor of Classics and the Humanistic culture and Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University
"In this interesting paintings, Dunn examines the ways that the Greeks built time after which exhibits how those can shed new gentle on a variety of philosophical, dramatic, old, medical and rhetorical texts of the past due 5th century. An unique and best study."
---Michael Gagarin, James R. Dougherty, Jr., Centennial Professor of Classics, the college of Texas at Austin
"Interesting, transparent, and compelling, Present surprise in past due Fifth-Century Greece analyzes attitudes towards time in historic Greece, focusing particularly on what Dunn phrases 'present shock,' within which swift cultural switch undermined the authority of the previous and submerged contributors in a disorienting found in overdue fifth-century Athens. Dunn deals clever and lucid analyses of various complicated texts, together with pre-Socratic and sophistic philosophy, Euripidean tragedy, Thucydides, and clinical texts, making an enormous contribution to discussions approximately classical Athenian proposal that would be greatly learn and brought up by means of students engaged on Greek cultural heritage and historiography."
---Victoria Wohl, affiliate Professor, division of Classics, collage of Toronto