Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures

Front Cover
University Press of Colorado, 2002 - Science - 332 pages
2 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

... Aveni gives solid information with some good examples and covers a decent range of cultures. He does foist a bit of filler and speculation when discussing the development of, for example, the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

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


isenjinq Mb mmm Tine
the MTOjmow or orer
The Year and Its Accumulation in History 1 05

6 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

Anthony Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropolgy, and Native Amerifan Studies at Colgate University. He has researched and written about Maya Astronomy for more than four decades. He was named a U.S. National Professor of the year and has been awarded the H.B. Nicholson Medal for Excellence in Research in Mesoamerican Studies by Harvard's Peabody Museum.

Bibliographic information