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Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars

Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars

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The only small, popular book on the important subject of ancient calendars.

The study of heavenly cycles is common to most ancient cultures. The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Babylonians all tried to make sense of the year. But it fell to the later Mesoamerican Maya to create a series of calendars that could be cross referenced. In doing so, the Maya

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The only small, popular book on the important subject of ancient calendars.

The study of heavenly cycles is common to most ancient cultures. The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, and Babylonians all tried to make sense of the year. But it fell to the later Mesoamerican Maya to create a series of calendars that could be cross referenced. In doing so, the Maya discovered many strange numerical harmonics. Their lunar calendar was extremely accurate—far more so than the Greek Metonic cycle; they tracked Venus to an accuracy of less than a day in five hundred years and their tables could have been used to predict eclipses seven hundred years in the future. This book will provide a much needed compact guide to the Mayan calendar systems as well as covering the essentials of calendar development throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802716347
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Series:
Wooden Books Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,030,172
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 6.44(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Stray is a leading researcher on the Maya Calendar. He is the author of Beyond 2012, a book examining the Mayan "end of time" calendar date of December 21, 2012. He lives in England.

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Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fun book! Quickly and carefully, it covers the intricate workings of the Mayan calendar system, as well as other ancient calendars. Like all of the Wooden Book series, there is a LOT packed into a tiny format and it requires a bit of effort to really get the breadth of information. Enjoy on a long afternoon, but read it before Winter Solstice in 2012, when the Mayans believed the world would end.