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Time as a metaphor of history : early India

Author: Romila Thapar
Publisher: Delhi : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Series: Krishna Bharadwaj memorial lecture.; Oxford India paperbacks.
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It has long been maintained that the only concept of time known to early India was cyclic. This in part accounts for the Indian denial of history, since a sense of history is based on linear time. This study sets the argument in the context of links between time and history. It indicates the existence of linear time in Indian texts, such as genealogies, biographies, and chronicles, where time-reckoning was recorded  Read more...
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Thapar, Romila.
Time as a metaphor of history.
Delhi : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)608941676
Online version:
Thapar, Romila.
Time as a metaphor of history.
Delhi : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)627314246
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Romila Thapar
ISBN: 0195637984 9780195637984
OCLC Number: 35247333
Notes: Expanded version of the lecture delivered at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mar. 1993.
Description: viii, 53 p. ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Krishna Bharadwaj memorial lecture.; Oxford India paperbacks.
Responsibility: Romila Thapar.
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It has long been maintained that the only concept of time known to early India was cyclic. This in part accounts for the Indian denial of history, since a sense of history is based on linear time. This study sets the argument in the context of links between time and history. It indicates the existence of linear time in Indian texts, such as genealogies, biographies, and chronicles, where time-reckoning was recorded through generations, regnal years and eras. It is suggested that cyclic and linear time were both used, but that their functions differed. Cyclic time occurs frequently in cosmological contexts and linear time in historical sources. The author argues that historical consciousness existed in early India.

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