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Empires of time : calendars, clocks, and cultures

Author: Anthony F Aveni
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : University Press of Colorado, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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Examines the earliest attempts by humans to create clocks and calendars, and discusses Western culture's quest to process and refine time, focusing on how that endeavor compares to similar efforts in tribal societies, both ancient and contemporary.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony F Aveni
ISBN: 0870816721 9780870816727
OCLC Number: 49775340
Description: xv, 332 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : our time, and theirs --
I. Sensing and marking time --
1. The basic rhythms --
Tracking down the sense of time --
A multitude of inner rhythms --
Mechanism as metaphor --
2. Early time reckoning --
The oral mode --
The written mode --
II. Our time : the imposition of order --
3. The Western calendar --
The day and its hours --
The smallest units of time --
The week and its days --
The month and its moon --
The months and their politics --
4. The year and its accumulation in history --
The Western year --
Long-time reckoning and great years --
Our creation stories --
Today's empire of the clock --
III. Their time : following the order of the skies --
5. Tribal societies and lunar-social time --
The ecological cycle --
Structural time --
6. The interlocking calendars of the Maya --
Introduction : three American empires --
The Maya and the body count --
The cycles of Venus --
The Maya decline --
Characteristics of Maya timekeeping --
7. The Aztecs and the Sun --
A cycle of celebrations --
The world diagram --
The creation story --
Restructuring time to legitimize Aztec rule --
8. The Incas and their orientation calendar --
Sun watching --
Counting the days --
9. Eastern standard : time reckoning in China --
The Chinese world view and sense of history --
The Chinese calendar --
IV. A world of time --
10. Building on the basic rhythms --
Recurring cycles --
The linearization of time --
Controlling the rhythms --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Anthony Aveni.

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Examines the earliest attempts by humans to create clocks and calendars, and discusses Western culture's quest to process and refine time, focusing on how that endeavor compares to similar efforts in tribal societies, both ancient and contemporary.

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