As part of the 2017–2018 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Paul J. Kosmin RI '18 presents "Total History: Time, Empire, and Resistance from Alexander the Great to the End of the World," which introduces some ideas on Seleucid time reckoning. Before the Seleucid Empire and the development of numbered years, historical time was measured in only three ways: by unique events, by annual offices, or by royal life cycles.
Kosmin is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. His research focuses on the political and cultural history of the east Mediterranean and west Asia during the Hellenistic period—the last three centuries BCE between Alexander the Great's conquest of the Persian empire and the total Roman dominance of the Mediterranean. He is the 2017–2018 Joy Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.