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By Francis M. Dunn

Francis M. Dunn's Present surprise in overdue Fifth-Century Greece examines the frequent 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 strong as that defined in Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. The past due 5th century was once a time of large cultural and highbrow swap, 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. while, 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 reviews from this era, Dunn exhibits how narrative thoughts replaced to target depicting a global within which occasions have been now not fully predetermined via the earlier, impressing upon readers the rewards and demanding situations of suffering to discover their very own method forward.

Although Present surprise in past due Fifth-Century Greece concentrates upon the overdue 5th century, this book's interdisciplinary technique can be of huge curiosity to students and scholars of historical Greece, in addition to a person 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: studying the tip in Greek and Latin Literature (Princeton, 1997).

"In this attention-grabbing research, Francis Dunn argues that during overdue fifth-century Athens, lifestyles grew to become occupied with the present---that relocating quick among prior 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 return. without warning, destiny surprise was once now."

---David Konstan, John Rowe Workman exceptional 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 mild on a variety of philosophical, dramatic, ancient, clinical and rhetorical texts of the overdue 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 overdue Fifth-Century Greece analyzes attitudes towards time in historical Greece, focusing specifically on what Dunn phrases 'present shock,' during which quick cultural switch undermined the authority of the earlier and submerged participants in a disorienting found in overdue fifth-century Athens. Dunn bargains clever and lucid analyses of quite a few advanced texts, together with pre-Socratic and sophistic philosophy, Euripidean tragedy, Thucydides, and clinical texts, making an incredible contribution to discussions approximately classical Athenian notion that may be largely learn and mentioned by means of students engaged on Greek cultural historical past and historiography."

---Victoria Wohl, affiliate Professor, division of Classics, collage of Toronto

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