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Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures, Revised Edition (Mesoamerican Worlds) Rev and Rev EnglishNorth American Versionon ( ed. Edition

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A linear sense of time may be well suited to our hectic, clock-watching society, but the timekeeping systems of ancient or "primitive" peoples are no less valid, suggests Aveni. Writing as both an astronomer and an anthropologist, he finds parallels between Einstein's concept of space-time and an Aztec "world diagram" which charts a 52-year calendar-round pegged to the passage of the constellation Pleiades overhead. For the semi-nomadic Nuer tribe of Sudan, "eco-time" connects people to their environment. In this wide-ranging, intriguing journey across centuries, Aveni traces the modern calendar's roots back to Greek pastoral poetry and prehistoric African bone markings, then compares Western, Chinese, Maya, Inca and tribal time systems. He also fathoms our division of time into days, weeks, months, seasons and years for clues to our psychology and worldview. He notes that scientists who believe that previous universes existed before the Big Bang echo the Maya and Aztec view of time as cyclical. Illustrations.
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Aveni is the author or editor of a number of books and articles about time measurement in America; in this work, his coverage is worldwide and extends from 20,000 B.C. to the present. Following a relatively brief discussion of biorhythms and of some philosophical views on the nature of time, Aveni outlines the development of the Western calendar from ancient times to today's world. Both technical details and intellectual/religious attitudes toward time are discussed. The latter half of the volume is devoted to time-keeping systems of the ancient Mayans, Aztecs, Incas, and Chinese, including some comparisons between these varied cultures and the views of modern Western civilization. This is not fully satisfactory as a study of the subject of time, but the discussion of meso-American calendars is quite interesting. Recommended for college and public libraries.
- Jack W. Weigel, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor
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Product Details

  • Series: Mesoamerican Worlds
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado; Rev and Rev EnglishNorth American Versionon ( ed. edition (October 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870816721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870816727
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aveni's book is a fascinating portrait of the rhythms and roles of time keeping in a variety of cultures including the Aztec, Inca, Maya, and ancient Chinese. A fascinating exploration of a topic we all too often don't bother to consdier.
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This book provides comprehensive and in-depth knowledge about the History of and present day time keeping. It is very knowledgable while being a breeze to read. We are well pleased
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