By Francis M. Dunn

Francis M. Dunn's Present surprise in past due Fifth-Century Greece examines the frequent social and cultural disorientation skilled via 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 used to be a time of huge cultural and highbrow swap, eventually resulting in a shift clear of Athenians' conventional tendency to hunt authority some time past towards a better reliance at the authority of the current. even as, Dunn argues, writers and thinkers not just registered the surprise yet explored how one can comply with residing with this new experience of uncertainty. utilizing literary case reports from this era, Dunn indicates how narrative suggestions replaced to target depicting an international within which occasions have been not entirely 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 overdue 5th century, this book's interdisciplinary method might be of vast curiosity to students and scholars of historical Greece, in addition to someone interested by the remarkably versatile human figuring out of time.

Francis M. Dunn is Professor of Classics on the college 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 past due fifth-century Athens, lifestyles turned thinking about the present---that relocating immediate among prior and destiny. Time itself replaced: new clocks and calendars have been built, and narratives have been choked with suspense, twist of fate, and uncertainty approximately issues to come back. by surprise, destiny surprise used to be now."
---David Konstan, John Rowe Workman wonderful Professor of Classics and the Humanistic culture and Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University

"In this attention-grabbing 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, clinical and rhetorical texts of the overdue 5th century. An unique and finest study."
---Michael Gagarin, James R. Dougherty, Jr., Centennial Professor of Classics, the collage of Texas at Austin

"Interesting, transparent, and compelling, Present surprise in past due Fifth-Century Greece analyzes attitudes towards time in old Greece, focusing specifically on what Dunn phrases 'present shock,' within which quick cultural switch undermined the authority of the prior and submerged participants in a disorienting found in past due fifth-century Athens. Dunn bargains shrewdpermanent and lucid analyses of quite a few advanced texts, together with pre-Socratic and sophistic philosophy, Euripidean tragedy, Thucydides, and scientific texts, making a major contribution to discussions approximately classical Athenian inspiration that may be commonly learn and mentioned by way of students engaged on Greek cultural background and historiography."
---Victoria Wohl, affiliate Professor, division of Classics, college of Toronto

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