Paul J Kosmin
John L Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

Paul J Kosmin is John L Loeb associate professor of the humanities, specialising in the history of the ancient Greek world, at Harvard University. His most recent book is Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire (2018).

Written by Paul J Kosmin

From beginning to end; The Great Day of His Wrath (1851-3), by John Martin. Works of end-time prediction did not appear until the Seleucid era. Courtesy Tate Britain, London

History of ideas
A revolution in time

Once local and irregular, time-keeping became universal and linear in 311 BCE. History would never be the same again

Paul J Kosmin