Stairways to the Stars: Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures / Edition 1

Stairways to the Stars: Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures / Edition 1

by Anthony Aveni
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0471329762

ISBN-13: 9780471329763

Pub. Date: 02/22/1999

Publisher: Wiley

"Tony Aveni has written a marvelous book about how the celestial rhythms influenced the cultures of the past. . . . It makes fascinating reading for any layperson."—Science Books and Films

"Clearly, if we can know more about these people, their religion, their culture, their hopes and dreams, according to Dr. Aveni, it will make our understanding of their

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"Tony Aveni has written a marvelous book about how the celestial rhythms influenced the cultures of the past. . . . It makes fascinating reading for any layperson."—Science Books and Films

"Clearly, if we can know more about these people, their religion, their culture, their hopes and dreams, according to Dr. Aveni, it will make our understanding of their astronomy more meaningful."—Planetarian

"A thoughtful analysis . . . highly recommended."—Library Journal

What was the meaning of Stonehenge? What was the Mayan Code? Why was the elaborate Incan city of Cuzco built? Groundbreaking archaeoastronomer Anthony Aveni offers a host of startling new insights and conclusions in this acclaimed study of three of life's most mesmerizing mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471329763
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/22/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
690,478
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Different Sort of Cosmos.

The Naked Sky.

Standing Stones and Stars: Megalithic Astronomy and the People of Ancient Great Britain.

Power from the Sky: Ancient Maya Astronomy and the Cult of Venus.

City and Cosmos Astronomy and the Inca Empire.

The West Vs.

the Rest?

Appendices.

Notes.

Illustration Credits.

Index.

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