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by Archaeology Newsroom

The concept of time

Plato, Aristotle and the Stoic philosopher Chrysippos, all three made the connection between time, motion, and change. To the ancient Greeks time was the exact opposite of how we think of it today. To them the past lay ahead and the future behind us. Space is a necessary parameter if one is to depict time as an image. In spacetime, geography and history are brought together as one and the same thing . Both in man and in animals the sense of spacetime works like a kind of primordial biological clock as one sees in the case of migratory birds that have an innate sense of direction that helps them find their bearings like experienced navigators. As for historical and mythical time these were experienced by foreign travellers to Greece and recorded as an art form.