The full title of this book is Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar. Have you ever wondered how we arrived our current calendar? Not just why the months were named, but why we have 12 months, and 365 days, and 7 days a week, and leap year? This book details it all, with lots of wonderful history woven in and expanded upon.
There’s so much information here that I didn’t know. Like the fact that the Romans used an 8 day week. Or that other ancient civilizations used even longer weeks. Did you know that the British calendar and differed from the European calendar up until the 1800’s? This was an excellent and interesting book. I will warn you, however – Duncan Steel sometimes goes off the beaten path and talks about related history. He must be a history lover and couldn’t help himself. So this book is about 30% longer than it really needs to be. Still, it’s a fascinating read.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2000
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