Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures, Revised Edition / Edition 2

Empires of Time: Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures, Revised Edition / Edition 2

by Anthony Aveni
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0870816721

ISBN-13: 9780870816727

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

"Aveni . . . explores the interplay of culture and time in this edifying and readable cross-cultural study of timekeeping through the ages."

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"Aveni . . . explores the interplay of culture and time in this edifying and readable cross-cultural study of timekeeping through the ages."

The Sciences

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870816727
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Mesoamerican Worlds Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
1,077,571
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................vii
Acknowledgments....................ix
Preface to the Revised Edition....................xi
Introduction: Our Time-And Theirs....................1
I-SENSING AND MARKING TIME 1. The Basic Rhythms....................13
Tracking Down the Sense of Time A Multitude of Inner Rhythms Mechanism as Metaphor 2. Early Time Reckoning....................33
The Oral Mode The Written Mode II-OUR TIME: THE IMPOSITION OF ORDER 3. The Western Calendar....................75
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....................105
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....................147
The Ecological Cycle Structural Time 6. The Interlocking Calendars of the Maya....................163
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....................225
A Cycle of Celebrations The World Diagram The Creation Story Restructuring Time to Legitimize Aztec Rule 8. The Incas and Their Orientation Calendar....................247
Sun Watching Counting the Days 9. Eastern Standard: Time Reckoning in China....................271
The Chinese World View and Sense of History The Chinese Calendar IV-A WORLD OF TIME 10. Building on the Basic Rhythms....................289
Recurring Cycles The Linearization of TimeControlling the Rhythms Epilogue....................303
Notes....................305
Index....................321

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