Reading the Maya Glyphs (Second Edition)

Author: Michael D. Coe,Mark Van Stone

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500773335

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 7630

The breaking of the Maya code has completely changed our knowledge of this ancient civilization, and has revealed the Maya people's long and vivid history. Decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has progressed to the point where most Maya written texts—whether inscribed on monuments, written in the codices, or painted or incised on ceramics—can now be read with confidence. In this practical guide, first published in 2001, Michael D. Coe, the noted Mayanist, and Mark Van Stone, an accomplished calligrapher, have made the difficult, often mysterious script accessible to the nonspecialist. They decipher real Maya texts, and the transcriptions include a picture of the glyph, the pronunciation, the Maya words in Roman type, and the translation into English. For the second edition, the authors have taken the latest research and breakthroughs into account, adding glyphs, updating captions, and reinterpreting or expanding upon earlier decipherments. After an introductory discussion of Maya culture and history and the nature of the Maya script, the authors introduce the glyphs in a series of chapters that elaborate on topics such as the intricate calendar, warfare, royal lives and rituals, politics, dynastic names, ceramics, relationships, and the supernatural world. The book includes illustrations of historic texts, a syllabary, a lexicon, and translation exercises.

Reading the Maya Glyphs

Author: Michael D. Coe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500051108

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 715

"Reading the Maya Glyphs" is a compact, portable guide that enables students, tourists, and armchair travelers to read and understand commonly encountered classic Maya texts. 2-color illustrations throughout.

Translating Maya Hieroglyphs

Author: Scott A.J. Johnson

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806189401

Category: History

Page: 402

View: 6017

Maya hieroglyphic writing may seem impossibly opaque to beginning students, but scholar Scott A. J. Johnson presents it as a regular and comprehensible system in this engaging, easy-to-follow textbook. The only comprehensive introduction designed specifically for those new to the study, Translating Maya Hieroglyphs uses a hands-on approach to teach learners the current state of Maya epigraphy. Johnson shows readers step by step how to translate ancient Maya glyphs. He begins by describing how to break down a Mayan text into individual glyphs in the correct reading order, and then explains the different types of glyphs and how they function in the script. Finally, he shows how to systematically convert a Mayan inscription into modern English. Not simply a reference volume, Translating Maya Hieroglyphs is pedagogically arranged so that it functions as an introductory foreign-language textbook. Chapters cover key topics, including spelling, dates and numbers, basic grammar, and verbs. Formal linguistic information is accessibly explained, while worksheets and exercises complement and reinforce the material covered in the text. Glyph blocks and phrases drawn from actual monuments illustrate the variety and scribal virtuosity of Maya writing. The Maya writing system has not been fully deciphered. Throughout the text, Johnson outlines and explains the outstanding disputes among Mayanists. At the end of each chapter, he offers sources for further reading. Helpful appendices provide quick reference to vocabulary, glyph meanings, and calendrical data for students undertaking a translation. The study of Maya glyphs has long been an arcane subject known only to a few specialists. This book will change that. Taking advantage of the great strides scholars have made in deciphering hieroglyphs in the past four decades, Translating Maya Hieroglyphs brings this knowledge to a broader audience, including archaeologists and budding epigraphers.

Library World Records, 3d ed.

Author: Godfrey Oswald

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 147662772X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 396

View: 2966

 Which are the oldest public libraries in the world? In what years were the first books printed in French, Thai, Japanese, Arabic, Turkish? What are the oldest extant texts written in Chinese, English, Russian, Spanish? When was the first major computer database used in libraries? What are the titles of the largest, smallest or most expensive books ever published? Where is the world’s busiest public library? Which three books were the first to contain photographs? In its updated and expanded third edition, this reference work provides hundreds of fascinating facts about libraries, books, periodicals, reference databases, specialty archives, bookstores, catalogs, technology, information science organizations and library buildings.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya

Author: Walter R. T. Witschey

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0759122865

Category: History

Page: 540

View: 8962

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya provides an A-to-Z overview of the ancient Maya culture from its inception to the Spanish Conquest. Exploring Maya society, celebrations, and achievements, as well as new insights into Maya culture and collapse, this is a sophisticated yet accessible introduction suitable for students and general readers.

What Is an Image?

Author: James Elkins,Maja Naef

Publisher: Penn State University Press


Category: Art

Page: 296

View: 3556

Brings together historians, philosophers, critics, postcolonial theorists, and curators to ask how images, pictures, and paintings are conceptualized. Issues discussed include concepts such as "image" and "picture" in and outside the West; semiotics; whether images are products of discourse; religious meanings; and the ethics of viewing.

Bericht aus Yucatán

Author: Diego de Landa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783150205280


Page: 291

View: 4938


Maya Glyphs

Author: Stephen D. Houston

Publisher: N.A


Category: Indians of Central America

Page: 64

View: 1964


The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs: The Classic period inscriptions

Author: Martha J. Macri,Matthew George Looper

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806134970

Category: Inscriptions, Mayan

Page: 480

View: 8802

For hundreds of years, Maya artists and scholars used hieroglyphs to record their history and culture. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, archaeologists, photographers, and artists recorded the Maya carvings that remained, often by transporting box cameras and plaster casts through the jungle on muleback. The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs, Volume I: The Classic Period Inscriptions is a guide to all the known hieroglyphic symbols of the Classic Maya script. In the New Catalog Martha J. Macri and Matthew G. Looper have produced a valuable research tool based on the latest Mesoamerican scholarship. An essential resource for all students of Maya texts, the New Catalog is also accessible to nonspecialists with an interest in Mesoamerican cultures. Macri and Looper present the combined knowledge of the most reliable scholars in Maya epigraphy. They provide currently accepted syllabic and logographic values, a history of references to published discussions of each sign, and related lexical entries from dictionaries of Maya languages, all of which were compiled through the Maya Hieroglyphic Database Project. This first volume of the New Catalog focuses on texts from the Classic Period (approximately 150-900 C.E.), which have been found on carved stone monuments, stucco wall panels, wooden lintels, carved and painted pottery, murals, and small objects of jadeite, shell, bone, and wood. The forthcoming second volume will describe the hieroglyphs of the three surviving Maya codices that date from later periods.

Understanding Maya Inscriptions

A Hieroglyph Handbook

Author: John Ferguson Harris,Stephen K. Stearns

Publisher: UPenn Museum of Archaeology

ISBN: 9780924171413

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 247

View: 2328

This second edition includes revised and updated versions of three earlier publications: Understanding Maya Inscriptions: A Hieroglyph Handbook; New and Recent Maya Hieroglyph Readings; and A Resource Bibliography for the Decipherment of Maya Hieroglyphs and New Maya Hieroglyph Readings. This volume is designed to function as a self-teaching tool to help the neophyte, and yet be of value to scholars. It introduces the latest methods of analysis, illustrates techniques for computing Maya calendrics, uses the currently accepted orthography, provides syllabary and syntax, suggests new glyph readings, and presents various interpretations.

Daily Life in Maya Civilization, 2nd Edition

Author: Robert J. Sharer

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313351309

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 9859

Experience daily life in Maya civilization, from its earliest beginnings to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. Narrative chapters describe Mayan political life, economy, social structure, religion, writing, warfare, and scientific methods. Readers will explore the Mayan calendar, counting system, hunting and gathering methods, language, and family roles and relationships. A revised and expanded edition based on the latest archaeological research, this volume offers new interpretations and corrects popular misconceptions, and shows how the Maya adapted to their environment and preserved their culture and language over thousands of years. Over 60 photos and illustrations, several of new archaeological sites, enhance the material, and an expanded resource center bibliography includes web sites and DVDs for further study. The closing chapter discusses what Maya civilization means for us today and what we can learn from Maya achievements and failures. A first-stop reference source for any student of Latin American and Native American history and culture.

Hot House Flower


Author: Margot Berwin

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104026556

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 2142

Spannend, witzig, romantisch - einzigartig! Lila Nova lebt alleine in einem karg möblierten Einzimmerapartment. Sie ist frisch geschieden, muss sich von dieser schmerzlichen Erfahrung erst einmal erholen und findet, dass diese Wohnung wie ihr Leben ist: einfach, neu und leer. Als sie den attraktiven Pflanzenhändler David Exley trifft, eröffnet sich ihr eine bislang unbekannte Welt. Eines Nachts kommt sie an einem merkwürdigen Waschsalon vorbei, wo sie einen Farn sieht, der so wertvoll ist, dass ein kleiner Ableger schon tausende von Dollars wert ist. Sie erfährt von Blumen mit heilenden Eigenschaften und sie hört die Legende von neun geheimnisvollen Pflanzen, die Ruhm, Glück, Unsterblichkeit und Leidenschaft bringen. Der Besitzer des Waschsalons, Armand, unterzieht Lila einer Prüfung: Wenn es ihr gelingt den Ableger eines Feuerfarns Wurzeln treibe zu lassen, dann zeigt er ihr das Geheimnis seines verschlossenen Hinterzimmers. Aber Lila ist viel zu leichtgläubig und mit einem schrecklichen Fehler zerstört sie die Chance, Armands geheimen Pflanzen sehen zu können. Ihr bleibt nur, nach Yucatan zu reisen und nach den verlorenen Pflanzen zu suchen. Tief im Dschungel von Mexico taucht Lila in die Welt von Schamanen, Fabelwesen, Schlangenbeschwörern und sexy, atemberaubenden Huichols ein. Allein im Dschungel ist Lila gezwungen, mehr über die Natur und über sich selbst zu erfahren als sie jemals wollte. HOT HOUSE FLOWER ist eine Suche nach Liebe und sich selbst - voller Geheimnisse, Abenteuer und schwüler Hitze – in jeder Hinsicht.

Die Entwicklung der Mayaschrift

Grundlagen zur Erforschung des Wandels der Mayaschrift von der Protoklassik bis zur spanischen Eroberung

Author: Nikolai Grube

Publisher: N.A


Category: Mayan languages

Page: 156

View: 9208


Die Mühlen der Zivilisation

Eine Tiefengeschichte der frühesten Staaten

Author: James C. Scott

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518761528

Category: Social Science

Page: 329

View: 6110

Uns modernen Menschen erscheint die Sesshaftigkeit so natürlich wie dem Fisch das Wasser. Wie selbstverständlich gehen wir und auch weite Teile der historischen Forschung davon aus, dass die neolithische Revolution, in deren Verlauf der Mensch seine nomadische Existenz aufgab und zum Ackerbauer und Viehzüchter wurde, ein bedeutender zivilisatorischer Fortschritt war, dessen Früchte wir noch heute genießen. James C. Scott erzählt in seinem provokanten Buch eine ganz andere Geschichte. Gestützt auf archäologische Befunde, entwickelt er die These, dass die ersten bäuerlichen Staaten aus der Kontrolle über die Reproduktion entstanden und ein hartes Regime der Domestizierung errichteten, nicht nur mit Blick auf Pflanzen und Tiere. Auch die Bürger samt ihren Sklaven und Frauen wurden der Herrschaft dieser frühesten Staaten unterworfen. Sie brachte Strapazen, Epidemien, Ungleichheiten und Kriege mit sich. Einzig die »Barbaren« haben sich gegen die Mühlen der Zivilisation gestemmt, sich der Sesshaftigkeit und den neuen Besteuerungssystemen verweigert und damit der Unterordnung unter eine staatliche Macht. Sie sind die heimlichen Helden dieses Buches, das unseren Blick auf die Menschheitsgeschichte verändert.