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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. 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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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. 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.

56 review for Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karen Christino

    The title tells it all! Really not astrology at all, but everything but, since time is essentially based on our experience of astronomical cycles. The first Aveni book I read; it left me wanting more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dan Bozung

    Interesting, but a bit textbook-y. Skipped over some of the minutiae. Parts dealing with how various cultures came to conceive of and measure time very insightful. Generally enjoyed it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Guy

    An interesting transect through human sensing and marking of time. Starting at an almost primordial biological level; then a bit on marking of time in oral and written traditions, the lunar-social time of tribal societies; the Western Calendar and clock; the Mayan calendar, Aztecs and the Sun; Incas and their Orientation calendar; and the Chinese Calendar. Not sure how the theories and assumptions presented have fared since my 1995 edition, but a good romp. I am making a place on my personal five An interesting transect through human sensing and marking of time. Starting at an almost primordial biological level; then a bit on marking of time in oral and written traditions, the lunar-social time of tribal societies; the Western Calendar and clock; the Mayan calendar, Aztecs and the Sun; Incas and their Orientation calendar; and the Chinese Calendar. Not sure how the theories and assumptions presented have fared since my 1995 edition, but a good romp. I am making a place on my personal five-foot shelf for this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bold Bookworm

    ... 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 Mayan, Aztec and Incan calendars. In all three instances, the caramel nugget of their calendar-astronomy-social engineering system was inherited and Aveni doesn’t dwell too much on the clearly quite sophisticated predecessors of these cultures. Nonetheless, he gives a strong technical analysis of the sy ... 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 Mayan, Aztec and Incan calendars. In all three instances, the caramel nugget of their calendar-astronomy-social engineering system was inherited and Aveni doesn’t dwell too much on the clearly quite sophisticated predecessors of these cultures. Nonetheless, he gives a strong technical analysis of the systems he explores and leaves the reader hungry for more of his empathetic and oftentimes poetic descriptions of the cultures and creations of the ancient skywatchers. Good, because he has other books on the topic. Read my full review here: http://boldbookworm.com/eot121610.html ~ BB http://boldbookworm.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    James

    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 makes the case that we have become separated from natural systems in our view of ourselves and our place in time. 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 makes the case that we have become separated from natural systems in our view of ourselves and our place in time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    A great comparison of ancient and modern cultures, attitudes toward time, their calendars and the natural origins of their longest views on time. More poetic than most books on this topic, it still has enough math to satisfy the academics who want to see a thorough testing of his hypotheses.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    tracking cycles of sun, star, human: biological constant, cultural variables

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