By Francis M. Dunn
Francis M. Dunn's Present surprise in past due Fifth-Century Greece examines the frequent social and cultural disorientation skilled by way of Athenians in a interval that witnessed the revolution of 411 B.C.E. and the army misadventures in 413 and 404---a disturbance as strong as that defined in Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. The overdue 5th century used to be a time of giant cultural and highbrow switch, eventually resulting in a shift clear of Athenians' conventional tendency to hunt authority long ago towards a better reliance at the authority of the current. whilst, Dunn argues, writers and thinkers not just registered the surprise yet explored how one can comply with residing with this new feel of uncertainty. utilizing literary case stories from this era, Dunn indicates how narrative innovations replaced to target depicting an international during which occasions have been now not totally predetermined by way of the previous, impressing upon readers the rewards and demanding situations of suffering to discover their very own approach forward.
Although Present surprise in overdue Fifth-Century Greece concentrates upon the past due 5th century, this book's interdisciplinary technique should be of vast curiosity to students and scholars of historic Greece, in addition to a person interested by 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: examining the top in Greek and Latin Literature (Princeton, 1997).
"In this attention-grabbing examine, Francis Dunn argues that during overdue fifth-century Athens, existence turned concerned with the present---that relocating quick among previous and destiny. Time itself replaced: new clocks and calendars have been constructed, and narratives have been jam-packed 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 amazing 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 developed time after which exhibits how those can shed new mild on numerous philosophical, dramatic, ancient, clinical and rhetorical texts of the past due 5th century. An unique and finest 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,' during which quick cultural swap undermined the authority of the previous and submerged participants in a disorienting found in overdue fifth-century Athens. Dunn deals shrewdpermanent and lucid analyses of numerous advanced texts, together with pre-Socratic and sophistic philosophy, Euripidean tragedy, Thucydides, and scientific texts, making an incredible contribution to discussions approximately classical Athenian inspiration that would be greatly learn and stated by way of students engaged on Greek cultural background and historiography."
---Victoria Wohl, affiliate Professor, division of Classics, college of Toronto