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ULTIME NEWS ED EVENTI
It is a new year and at Paestum we display as ‘piece of the month’ a solar clock: an ancient sundial.
The “hours”, from the Greek “horai”, were originally the seasons of the year, sisters of the Fates, the terrible divinities of destiny. Only later, the word “hour” takes on its today’s meaning. In ancient times, day and night had twelve hours just like today and they were counted both from sunrise and sunset. But since there was no univocal system to measure time, the hours of the day were longer in summer and shorter in winter. The ancient communities lived more consciously the seasons of the year since the majority of people were interested in agriculture, dealing with both production and subsequent processing of products. We know that in all ancient societies the solstice had a special meaning linked both to “rebirth” and the sun which regained strength after the longest night of the year. All this is far away from today’s industrialized and globalized world, but the darkest period of winter is still a moment to reflect and meditate on past and future.
2018 will be of great importance for the Archaeological Park of Paestum: fifty…