2020 INSPIRE Student Research & Engagement Showcase

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  • Paper - Located under Download Button
  • Handout - Located under Additional Files
  • Poster - Located under Additional Files
  • PowerPoint - Located under Additional Files

Presentation Type

Open Access Paper Presentation

Keywords

Sundials--Rome; Water clocks--Rome; Rome--Antiquities;

Abstract

The hour was Ancient Rome’s smallest unit of time, but their hour was different than today’s version. Three main types of timepieces used in ancient Roman times were the sundial, klepsydra, and obelisk. These were used by the elite and public to tell and keep track of time in their growing society. Ancient Roman dials were often crudely constructed, but the acceptance of approximation made them acceptable. Portable dials offered more freedom to Roman travelers, but adjustments were manual. Knowing the time based on the stars, Earth, and Sun is often ignored when modern people check the time.

Start Date

17-4-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

17-4-2020 4:00 PM

Faculty Advisor

Charles Adelman

Department

Department of Art

Student Type

Undergraduate Student

File Format

application/pdf

Additional Files

Handout.pdf (202 kB)

Poster.pdf (185 kB)

PowerPoint.pdf (1239 kB)

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Ancient Roman Timepieces

The hour was Ancient Rome’s smallest unit of time, but their hour was different than today’s version. Three main types of timepieces used in ancient Roman times were the sundial, klepsydra, and obelisk. These were used by the elite and public to tell and keep track of time in their growing society. Ancient Roman dials were often crudely constructed, but the acceptance of approximation made them acceptable. Portable dials offered more freedom to Roman travelers, but adjustments were manual. Knowing the time based on the stars, Earth, and Sun is often ignored when modern people check the time.