Empires of Time by Anthony F. Aveni
Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures

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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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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.
Published October 1, 1989 by Basic Books. 371 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Tracing the history of human timekeeping, from Hesiod and Stonehenge through the Middle Ages to the French Revolution (which fostered a stunningly wrongheaded decimal-based time system--i.e., 10 hours in a day, 10 days in a week, etc.), he demonstrates how this cyclical wisdom has fallen prey to ...

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Yet, as Anthony Aveni demonstrates in "Empires of Time," though the basic facts of time go on without us, different people at different times and in different places have thought about it very differently indeed and have put it together in ways that are just as natural and meaningful as our own.

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The myth of Maya creation says that when the old gods who created the world died, they passed through the underworld and reemerged in the east as celestial bodies—the sun and Venus are often prominently mentioned.

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