jaye_voy (jaye_voy) wrote in little_details,

What did people call "afternoon" before "noon" became a word?

Googled: ancient timekeeping, telling time without clocks

Before clocks (and noon) were invented, what did folks call afternoon?

I have dawn, morning, mid-morning, mid-day, sunset, evening, twilight, night, midnight, dead of night, but I can't seem to find a "non-noon" word for afternoon. The sites I've looked at mention candlemarks and how certain cultures marked "hours" by the movement of the sun, but they don't really mention what people called the time between mid-day and evening.

Can anyone help?


To clarify: This is a hunter-gatherer culture with no clocks, so no "hours" (no candles, either, so no "candlemarks"). I'm concerned with using "noon" or "afternoon"---it would sound like an anachronism for this world.

Mid-day has the same definition as noon---"middle of the day"---so I don't think that would work for afternoon.

Thanks to all who commented. It seems there isn't a "non-noon" equivalent to afternoon that is a one word reference, like mid-morning or mid-day. At least I now know that for sure---I appreciate the help!
Tags: history (misc), ~clocks & calendars

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