Tuesday, May 4, 2010

People and Change (Time) Part 2

Connecting with my earlier post on how many people in Detroit resisted accepting the standardization of time (and the move away from standard time), we see the same thing with the change from the Julian calendar (named after Julius Caesar) to the Gregorian calendar which we use currently.

From Paul Strathern's The Medici, Godfathers of the Renaissance, pp. 360-361:

By the turn of the seventeenth century the Renaissance was beginning to make itself felt in a range of increasingly disparate fields. The times were changing, even in the most literal sense: when it was noticed that the seasons were beginning to drift away from their customary positions in the ancient calendar, Pope Gregory VIII abandoned the ancient Julian calendar dating from Julius Caesar in 46 BC, and in 1582 introduced a new Gregorian calendar, at a stroke advancing the date by ten days. Yet many remained highly suspicious of such transformations, and as the new calendar was introduced over the years throughout Europe, it provoked riots, with indignant mobs demanding back the ten days that had been robbed from their lives.
Riots! Wow.