Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures

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Basic Books, 1989 - Science - 371 pages
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Compares contemporary timekeeping methods and related cultural perspectives to those of seminomadic tribes and classical civilizations, tracing the influence of calendars, datebooks, clocks, and other means of measuring humankind's most valuable commodity

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Review: Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures, Revised Edition

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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

Review: Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures, Revised Edition

User Review  - James Griffiths - Goodreads

Aveni compares and contrasts the way that ancient Mayan, Aztec, and Inca societies thought of, and related to, time. So different! He also compares these to our current society's view of time and ... Read full review

Contents

Our TimeAnd Theirs
3
The Basic Rhythms
17
Early Time Reckoning
38
Copyright

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About the author (1989)

Anthony Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University and the author of several books, including Empires of Time and Conversing with the Planets.

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