The Code of Kings

The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs

Author: Linda Schele,Peter Mathews,Macduff Everton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684852098

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 9869

This highly informative tour of a lost civilization discusses Mayan history and culture and focuses on seven sites that exemplify the Mayan tradition of using public places to record their history and belief system. Maps, drawings & photos.

Maya Cosmos

Author: David Freidel

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780688140694

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

View: 5887

A Masterful blend of archaeology, anthropology, astronomy, and lively personal reportage, Maya Comos tells a constellation of stories, from the historical to the mythological, and envokes the awesome power of one of the richest civilizations ever to grace the earth.


Eternal City of the Maya

Author: David Stuart,George E. Stuart

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 272

View: 2917

Documents the eighteenth-century archaeological discovery of the ancient city of Palenque and the significant 1952 unearthing of King Pakal's burial site, in a study that discusses how major breakthroughs in decipherment revealed the city's history.

Rabinal Achi

A Mayan Drama of War and Sacrifice

Author: Dennis Tedlock

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198031994

Category: Drama

Page: 382

View: 9161

Here is one of the most important surviving works of pre-Columbian civilization, Rabinal Achi, a Mayan drama set a century before the arrival of the Spanish, produced by the translator of the best selling Popol Vuh. The first direct translation into English from Quich? Maya, based on the original text, Rabinal Achi is the story of city-states, war, and nobility, of diplomacy, mysticism, and psychic journeys. Cawek of the Forest People has been captured by Man of Rabinal, who serves a ruler named Lord Five Thunder. Cawek is a renegade, a warrior who has inflicted much suffering on Rabinal. Yet he is also the son of the lord of the allied city of Quich?--a noble who once fought alongside Man of Rabinal. The drama presents the confrontation between the two during the trial of Cawek, who defies his captors and proudly accepts death by beheading. Dennis Tedlock's translation is clear and vivid; more than that, it is rooted in an understanding of how the play is actually performed. Despite being banned for centuries by Spanish authorities, it survived in actual practice, and is still performed in the town of Rabinal today. Tedlock's photographs and diagrams accompany the text, capturing nuances not apparent in the dialogue alone. He also provides an introduction and commentary that explain the historical events compressed into the play, the Spanish influence on the Mayan dramatic tradition, and the cultural and religious world preserved in this remarkable play. Rabinal Achi ranks as a classic of Mayan literature--and a rare window on a world that had yet to be invaded by Europeans. Dennis Tedlock brings this drama to life in all its richness.

The Ancient Maya

Author: Jenny Fretland VanVoorst

Publisher: Capstone Classroom

ISBN: 0756545846

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 4070

Describes the Ancient Mayan civilization, including their religious views, intellectual achievements, and everyday life.


Anthropology and Aesthetics, 55/56: Absconding

Author: Thomas Crow,Francesco Pellizzi,Richard Taws

Publisher: Peabody Museum Press

ISBN: 087365854X

Category: Art

Page: 368

View: 935

This volume includes the editorial “Can the referent abscond with its own representation?” by Thomas Crow; “Ivory towers” by Richard Taws; “Are shadows transparent?” by Roberto Casati; “The hidden witness of everything” by David Doris; “Absconding in plain sight” by Roberta Bonetti; “Immanence out of sight” by Joyce Cheng; “A concrete experience of nothing” by William Smith; “Believing in art” by Irene Small; “Repositories of the unconditional” by Gabriele Guercio; “Behind the colonnade” by Clemente Marconi; “The myth of ‘unmade’ images and the art of absconding” by Gerhard Wolf; “Moving eyes” by Bissera Pentcheva; “Interior motives” by Melissa Katz; “‘A secret kind of charm not to be expressed or discerned’” by Rebecca Zorach; “Out of sight, yet still in place” by Minou Schraven; “Roma sotterranea and the biogenesis of New Jerusalem” by Irina Oryshkevich; “Style and substance, or why the Cacaxtla paintings were buried” by Claudia Brittenham; “Apparition painting” by Yukio Lippit; “Enlivening the soul in Chinese tombs” by Wu Hung; “Seeing through dead eyes” by Jonathan Hay; “On the ‘true body’ of Huineng” by Michele Matteini; “Boxed in” by Miranda Lash; “Digitalisation” by Boris Groys; and “Des figures et des catégories” by Remo Guidieri.

Stone of Kings

In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya

Author: Gerard Helferich

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762776447

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 1499

A book perfectly timed for the re-setting of the Maya calendar in 2012.... Part history, popular science, armchair travel, and real-life treasure hunt, this is the story of pre-Columbian jade—the precious stone revered by ancient Aztecs, Incans, and Maya—and the scientists, collectors, explorers and entrepreneurs who have been searching for the mythical jade mines for more than a century. “A compelling tale.... This well-focused and well-told account brings America’s most mythologized gemstone into sharp relief.” —Wall Street Journal “[T]he story of the search for the long-vanished mines of the Mayas . . . [with] engaging digressions into plate tectonics, the technology of jade carving and the brutal history of the regimes of a succession of Guatemalan generals. . . . [Prospectors] Ridinger and Johnson endured earthquakes, coups, kidnapping, even civil war. But eventually they stumbled upon huge blocks of the alluring, elusive stone.” —New York Times Book Review Selected as an Indie Next List “Great Read” “The search for the sources of this mysterious rock reads like detective fiction, and involves geologists, archaeologists, entrepreneurs, poachers, and a host of other characters, but it’s all true. A wonderful read!” —Michael D. Coe, author of Breaking the Maya Code

Crossroads and Cultures, Volume B: 500-1750

A History of the World's Peoples

Author: Bonnie G. Smith,Marc Van De Mieroop,Richard von Glahn,Kris Lane

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312571674

Category: History

Page: 560

View: 5698

Crossroads and Cultures: A History of the World’s Peoples incorporates the best current cultural history into a fresh and original narrative that connects global patterns of development with life on the ground. As the title, “Crossroads,” suggests, this new synthesis highlights the places and times where people exchanged goods and commodities, shared innovations and ideas, waged war and spread disease, and in doing so joined their lives to the broad sweep of global history. Students benefit from a strong pedagogical design, abundant maps and images, and special features that heighten the narrative’s attention to the lives and voices of the world’s peoples. Test drive a chapter today. Find out how.

Maya Glyphs

The Verbs

Author: Linda Schele

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292736398

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 440

View: 7746

The key to the study of the language and history of the Classic Maya (A.D. 293–900) is the verb. Maya Glyphs: The Verbs is a comprehensive study of the verb morphology and syntax of the Maya writing system. Linda Schele's summary of methodology makes available in a single place many important discoveries and approaches to the Maya language. Hers is the first sourcebook to include so broad a range of dates and to identify for the first time so many Maya rulers and events. The admirably lucid text provides an excellent introduction to Maya hieroglyphics for the beginner, and, for the experienced Mayanist, it offers a fascinating explanation of methodology, including paraphrasing, and important information about syntactical structures, special verbal constructions, and literary conventions. Schele's extensive catalog of known verbal phrases is useful for a variety of purposes. Because it is organized according to verbal affix patterns, it provides the only available source for the distribution of such patterns in the writing system. At the same time it registers the date of each event, its agent and patient (if recorded), the dedication date of the monument on which the glyphs occur, and a pictorial illustration, rather than a T-number transcription, of each example. Extensive notes treating problems of dating, interpretation, and dynastic information contain theories about the meaning and function of the events recorded in the Maya inscriptions.

Scribes, Warriors and Kings

The City of Copán and the Ancient Maya

Author: William Leonard Fash

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500282823

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 4826

Copan in modern Honduras was one of the great cities of the Classic Maya. Abandoned to the rain forest for nearly a thousand years, it was rediscovered in the early 1800s. Now, two centuries later, an international team of scholars is solving the puzzle of Copan and the ancient Maya. William Fash, himself one of the key contributors to the recent breakthroughs, describes how decipherment of the Maya inscriptions together with tomb finds have unlocked the secrets of Copan's history. For this revised edition, Professor Fash shows how recent discoveries in the Acropolis, urban wards, and rural redoubts of the Copan kingdom reveal fascinating insights into the life and times of royalty, nobles, and commoners in this distinguished Maya city. The uncovering of the extraordinary tomb of the dynasty's founder provides illuminating information on his origins and accomplishments, while archaeological and hieroglyphic studies have demonstrated the importance of Tikal and the great metropolis of Teotihuacan in the founding and long-term legitimization of the Copan royal line. New excavations in the royal residential area give a blueprint for the layout and functioning of Maya palaces, as well as dramatic evidence for the violent and sudden end to dynastic rule. 11 color and 109 b/w illustrations.

A Forest of Kings

The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya

Author: David Freidel,Linda Schele

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780688112042

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 3720

The recent interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs has given us the first written history of the New World as it existed before the European invasion. In this book, two of the first central figures in the massive effort to decode the glyphs, Linda Schele and David Freidel, make this history available in all its detail. A Forest of Kings is the story of Maya kingship, from the beginning of its institution and the first great pyramid builders two thousand years ago to the decline of Maya civilization and its destruction by the Spanish. Here the great historic rulers of pre-Columbian civilization come to life again with the decipherment of their writing. At its height, Maya civilization flourished under great kings like Shield-Jaguar, who ruled for more than sixty years, expanding his kingdom and building some of the most impressive works of architecture in the ancient world. Long placed on a mist-shrouded pedestal as austere, peaceful stargazers, the Maya elites are now known to have been the rulers of populous, aggressive city-states. Hailed as "a Rosetta stone of Maya civilization" (Brian M. Fagan, author of People of the Earth), A Forest of Kings is "a must for interested readers," says Evon Vogt, professor of anthropology at Harvard University.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Indians

Page: N.A

View: 1858


Handbook to Life in the Ancient Maya World

Author: Lynn V. Foster

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195183634

Category: History

Page: 402

View: 9853

This comprehensive and accessible reference explores the greatest and most mysterious of civilizations, hailed for its contributions to science, mathematics, and technology. Each chapter is supplemented by an extensive bibliography as well as photos, original line drawings, and maps.

Ancestral Maya Economies in Archaeological Perspective

Author: Patricia A. McAnany

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521895187

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

View: 1747

The decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs has enabled scholars to better understand Classic society, but many aspects of this civilization remain shrouded in mystery, particularly its economies and social structures. How did farmers, artisans, and rulers make a living in a tropical forest environment? In this study, Patricia McAnany tackles this question and presents the first comprehensive view of ancestral Maya economic practice. Bringing an archaeological approach to the topic, she demonstrates the vital role of ritual practice in indigenous ecologies, gendered labor, and the construction of colossal architecture. Examining Maya royalty as a kind of social speciation, McAnany also shows the fundamentality of social difference as well as the pervasiveness of artisan production and marketplaces in ancestral Maya societies. Her analysis of royal iconography and hieroglyphic texts provides evidence of a political economy dominated by tribute extraction, thus lifting the veil of opacity over the operation of palace economies. Written in an engaging and accessible style, this book situates Maya economies within contemporary social, political, and economic theories of social practice, gender, actor-networks, inalienable goods, materiality, social difference, indigenous ecologies, and strategies of state finance.

Mesoamerican Architecture as a Cultural Symbol

Author: Jeff Karl Kowalski

Publisher: N.A


Category: Architecture

Page: 416

View: 3908

In this collection, prominent scholars provide new interpretations and useful syntheses of many of the most significant Mesoamerican architectural traditions from the Preclassic to the Postclassic periods. The essays examine the built environment as a carrier of cultural meanings. The many pyramid-temples, palaces, and ballcourts comprising Mesoamerican centers were constructed in the context of hierarchical societies, and provided monumental expressions of elite authority. The design of individual buildings, as well as the layout of site plans, often embodied Mesoamerican beliefs about the structure of the cosmos, natural forces, or the numinous power of landscape forms, thus providing sanction for the sociopolitical order.

The Blood of Kings

Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art

Author: Linda Schele,Mary Ellen Miller

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500276679

Category: Indian art

Page: 335

View: 5815

'The Blood of Kings' makes full use of the tremendous progress made in deciphering the complicated Maya hieroglyphic code, effectively penetrating the world and minds of the creators of Maya art.

Reading the Maya Glyphs (Second Edition)

Author: Michael D. Coe,Mark Van Stone

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500773335

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

View: 5263

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.


Capital of the Aztec Empire

Author: José Luis de Rojas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813042206

Category: History

Page: 225

View: 1141

An accessible overview of archaeological knowledge of the seat of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan.