Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks and Cultures

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2000 - Archaeoastronomy - 371 pages
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Empires of Time is one of the best books on a scientific theme for the serious general reader that I have read for some time. In this wide-ranging, intriguing journey across centuries, Aveni, As an anthropologist and astronomer known for his detailed work on the archaeo-astronomy of south and central American cultures, 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.
  

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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 ... Read full review

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Great overview of calendars and time concepts, especially among the Maya, Aztec, Inca, and Chinese. Enjoyable for anyone with an interest in this subject, whether or not they are hardcore science or archaeology people. Read full review

Contents

Our TimeAnd Theirs
3
Sensing and Marking Time
15
The Basic Rhythms
17
Tracking Down the Sense of Time
18
A Multitude of Inner Rhythms
29
Mechanism as Metaphor
36
Early Time Reckoning
38
The Oral Mode
40
The Interlocking Calendars of the Maya
185
The Maya and the Body Count
190
The Cycles of Venus
220
The Maya Decline
247
Characteristics of Maya Timekeeping
249
The Aztecs and the Sun
253
A Cycle of Celebrations
255
The World Diagram
260

The Written Mode
66
Our Time The Imposition of Order
83
The Western Calendar
85
The Day and Its Hours
90
The Smallest Units of Time
98
The Week and Its Days
100
The Month and Its Moon
106
The Months and Their Politics
109
The Year and Its Accumulation in History
119
The Western Year
120
LongTime Reckoning and Great Years
127
Our Creation Stories
135
Todays Empire of the Clock
158
Their Time Following the Order of the Skies
165
Tribal Societies and LunarSocial Time
167
The Ecological Cycle
169
Structural Time
177
The Creation Story
269
Restructuring Time to Legitimize Aztec Rule
271
The Incas and Their Orientation Calendar
278
Sun Watching
284
Counting the Days
299
Eastern Standard Time Reckoning in China
305
The Chinese World View and Sense of History
308
The Chinese Calendar
314
A World of Time
323
Building on the Basic Rhythms
325
Recurring Cycles
327
The Linearization of Time
331
Controlling the Rhythms
334
Epilogue
341
NOTES
343
INDEX
359
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