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Aveni, Anthony F.

Works: 133 works in 557 publications in 6 languages and 24,009 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Exhibition catalogs  Science fiction  Folklore  Sources  Popular works 
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Most widely held works by Anthony F Aveni
The book of the year : a brief history of our seasonal holidays by Anthony F Aveni( )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is the connection between May Day and the Statue of Liberty? Between ancient solstice fires and Fourth of July fireworks? Between St. Valentine, the Groundhog, and the Virgin Mary? Why do people behave so bawdily during Mardi Gras? How has the significance and celebration of Christmas changed over the centuries?" "In The Book of the Year, Anthony Aveni offers fascinating answers to these questions and explains the many ways humans throughout time have tried to order and give meaning to time's passing. Aveni traces the origins of modern customs tied to seasonal holidays, exploring what we eat (the egg at Easter, chocolate on St. Valentine's Day), the games we play (bobbing for apples on Halloween, football on Thanksgiving), the rituals we perform (dancing around the Maypole, making New Year's resolutions), and the colorful cast of characters we invent to dramatize holidays (Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the witches and goblins of Halloween). Along the way, Aveni illuminates everything from the jack-o'-lantern and our faith in the predictive power of animals to the ways in which Labor Day reflects the great medieval "time wars," when the newly invented clock first pitted labor against management. The calendar and its holidays, Aveni writes, function as "a kind of metronome that keeps the beat of human activity tuned to the manifold overlapping cycles of life," to the ebb and flow of birth, growth, decay, and death."--Jacket
Empires of time : calendars, clocks, and cultures by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

32 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the roots of our modern timekeeping system and compares it with those of tribal societies
The end of time : the Maya mystery of 2012 by Anthony F Aveni( )

14 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Internet, bookshelves, and movie theaters are full of prophecies, theories, and predictions that December 21, 2012, marks the end of the world. Award-winning astronomer and Mayan researcher Aveni explores these theories, explains their origins, and measures them objectively against evidence unearthed by Maya archaeologists, iconographers, and epigraphers
Behind the crystal ball : magic, science, and the occult from antiquity through the New Age by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this fascinating exploration of occult practice, Anthony Aveni takes the reader on a whirlwind tour through time and space, traveling from the ancient Tigris-Euphrates river valley to the streets of our modern-day cities. On the way, he catalogs the many ways people have used magic over the millennia in hopes of improving their lives. Consider a page from your ancestors' book of spells: For a headache, pour vinegar on your door hinges. For warts, wait until the twentieth day after a new moon, rub dirt on the warts while you lie in the road, and gaze up at the moon. Or, if you prefer more modern superstitions and want to be a good pitcher, be like Texas Ranger Mike Griffin and always eat bacon the day before you take to the mound. Professor Aveni argues persuasively that we cannot separate a culture's perception of reality from its times. The ancient priests of Egypt saw the dung beetle, or scarab, as a sign of life not because they were ignorant primitives, but because they were using the available clues in the world around them to map out a greater truth. When Kabbalists sought to discover meaning through the letters in a name or an historical date, they were seeking to satisfy a very deeply held urge. The ancients sought the same goals we now obtain from science and religion - a clearer picture of humanity's place in the cosmos. How and why has Western thought and scientific inquiry diverged from magic? At a time when crystals, channeling, faith healing, earth worship, and transcendental meditation are enjoying a renaissance, the lines between science, magic, and the occult are beginning to blur once again. Comparing Harry Houdini and scientific provocateur Richard Feynman, Professor Aveni asks, "Is magic in the eye of the beholder?"
The Madrid Codex : new approaches to understanding an ancient Maya manuscript by Gabrielle Vail( )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume offers new calendrical models and methodologies for reading, dating, and interpreting the general significance of the Madrid Codex. The longest of the surviving Maya codices, the Madrid Codex includes texts and images painted by scribes conversant in Maya hieroglyphic writing, a written means of communication practiced by Maya elites from the second to the fifteenth centuries A.D. Some scholars have recently argued that the Madrid Codex originated in the Petén region of Guatemala and post-dates European contact. The contributors to this volume challenge that view by demonstrating convincingly that it originated in northern Yucatán and was painted in the Pre-Columbian era. In addition, several contributors reveal provocative connections among the Madrid and Borgia group of codices from Central Mexico
Stairways to the stars : skywatching in three great ancient cultures by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

13 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and Czech and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses England's Stonehenge, the Mayan Code, and the Incan city of Cuzco
Skywatching in the ancient world : new perspectives in cultural astronomy : studies in honor of Anthony F. Aveni by Gary Urton( )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skywatchers of ancient Mexico by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

34 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Ancient Americas : art from sacred landscapes by Art Institute of Chicago( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and German and held by 946 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lavishly illustrated catalog of a traveling exhibition marking the Columbus quincentennial explores the common threads in fourteen pre-Columbian cultures, from the Olmec, Maya and Aztec of Mexico and Guatemala through the Chavin culture (900-200 B.C.) of the Andes to the Moche, Chimu and the Inca empire, accompanied by essays from 26 scholars examining sacred geographies, myths and ancient beliefs as they are transmitted through visual arts and architecture
Native American astronomy by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

25 editions published between 1977 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Conversing with the planets : how science and myth invented the cosmos by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An award-winning professor takes readers on a guided tour of the stunning celestial discoveries of past cultures. Interweaving the astronomy, mythology, and anthropology of ancient peoples, Aveni shows how to discover the harmony between their beliefs and their study of the sky through naked-eye observations
Between the lines : the mystery of the giant ground drawings of ancient Nasca, Peru by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Nasca Lines are one of the world's great enigmas. Who etched the more than 1,000 enormous animal, human, and geometric figures that cover 400 square miles of barren pampa in southern Peru? How did the makers create lifelike images of monkeys, birds, and spiders without an aerial or mountain vantage point from which to view these giant figures that stretch across thousands of square yards? Most puzzling of all, why did the ancient Nasca people lay out these astonishing lines and images in the desert? These are the questions that pioneering archaeoastronomer Anthony Aveni seeks to answer in this book."--Jacket
In the shadow of the moon : the science, magic, and mystery of solar eclipses by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In anticipation of solar eclipses visible in 2017 and 2024, an exploration of the scientific and cultural significance of this mesmerizing cosmic display. Since the first humans looked up and saw the sun swallowed by darkness, our species has been captivated by solar eclipses. Astronomer and anthropologist Anthony Aveni explains the history and culture surrounding solar eclipses, from prehistoric Stonehenge to Babylonian creation myths, to a confirmation of Einstein's theory of general relativity, to a spectacle that left New Yorkers in the moon's shadow, to future eclipses that will capture human imaginations. In one accessible and engaging read, Aveni explains the science behind the phenomenon, tracks eclipses across the ancient world, and examines the roles of solar eclipses in modern times to reveal the profound effects these cosmic events have had on human history. Colored by his own experiences--Aveni has witnessed eight total solar eclipses in his lifetime--his account of astronomy's most storied phenomenon will enthrall anyone who has looked up at the sky with wonder."--Publisher's description
Archaeoastronomy in pre-Columbian America by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

13 editions published between 1975 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written by leading specialists, the papers in this volume explore the newly developed interdisciplinary field of archaeoastronomy. Their value is enhanced by extensive citation of data for that part of America north of Panama. They provide an excellent introduction to the growing field of archaeoastronomy. Three broad, interlocking topics are discussed: early American rock art in the southwestern United States, astronomical orientations of buildings, and native American calendars
The first Americans : the story of where they came from and who they became by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how clues to the past are found by archeologists, linguists, and biologists and they help us understand where we came from and why we are here today
People and the sky : our ancestors and the cosmos by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Anthony Aveni reveals how!Kung and Mursi hunter-gatherers depended on signals in the sky for their survival and sustenance; how Polynesian sailors navigated a seemingly limitless watery world by star bearings; how social cohesion in cultures as diverse as the Pawnee and the Inca was mirrored in celestial imagery; and how the cosmic connection between the arrangement of Chinese and Aztec cities and the constellations served as an expression of political authority." "For most of human history, people found meaning in the dance of the cosmic denizens. Today, many aspects of this intimate contact between daily life and what happens in the sky have disappeared. Did our ancestors have an understanding of the cosmos that we ourselves lack? How and why did it all happen? These are the questions addressed in this engaging and erudite book."--Jacket
Class not dismissed : reflections on undergraduate education and teaching the liberal arts by Anthony F Aveni( )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Class Not Dismissed, award-winning professor Anthony Aveni tells the personal story of his six decades in college classrooms and some of the 10,000 students who have filled them. Through anecdotes of his own triumphs and tribulations--some amusing, others heartrending--Aveni reveals his teaching story and thoughts on the future of higher education. Although in recent years the lecture has come under fire as a pedagogical method, Aveni ardently defends lecturing to students. He shares his secrets on crafting an engaging lecture and creating productive dialogue in class discussions. He lays out his rules on classroom discipline and tells how he promotes the lost art of listening. He is a passionate proponent of the liberal arts and core course requirements as well as a believer in sound teaching promoted by active scholarship. Aveni is known to his students as a consummate storyteller. In Class Not Dismissed he shares real stories about everyday college life that shed light on serious educational issues. The result is a humorous, reflective, inviting, and powerful inquiry into higher education that will be of interest to anyone invested in the current and future state of college and university education."--
World archaeoastronomy : selected papers from the 2nd Oxford International Conference on Archaeoastronomy, held at Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, 13-17 January 1986 by Oxford International Conference of Archeoastronomy( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uncommon sense : understanding nature's truths across time and culture by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient astronomers by Anthony F Aveni( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes the development of astronomy in the Islamic empire, Asia, Africa, Mesoamerica, North America, the Andes, and Oceania
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Anthony Aveni Amerikaans astronoom

Anthony Aveni US-amerikanischer Astronomiehistoriker

Aveni, A.

Aveni, A. F

Aveni, A.F. 1938-

Aveni, A. F. 1938- (Anthony F.)

Aveni, A. F. (Anthony F.)

Aveni, A. F. (Anthony Francis), 1938-

Aveni, Anthony.

Aveni, Anthony 1938-

Aveni , Anthony F.

Aveni, Anthony Francis

Aveni, Anthony Francis 1938-

Aveni, Toni, 1938-

Aveni, Tony

Aveni, Tony 1938-

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アヴェニ, アンソニー

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English (239)

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Japanese (2)

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Empires of time : calendars, clocks, and culturesThe end of time : the Maya mystery of 2012Behind the crystal ball : magic, science, and the occult from antiquity through the New AgeThe Madrid Codex : new approaches to understanding an ancient Maya manuscriptStairways to the stars : skywatching in three great ancient culturesSkywatching in the ancient world : new perspectives in cultural astronomy : studies in honor of Anthony F. AveniSkywatchers of ancient MexicoThe Ancient Americas : art from sacred landscapes