Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens

Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya

Author: Simon Martin,Nikolai Grube

Publisher: Chronicles


Category: History

Page: 240

View: 1318

"The ideal reference on Maya archaeology." Science News
Social Science

Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens

Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya

Author: Simon Martin,Nikolai Grube

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500051030

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 4498

Traces Mayan history through its major dynasties, examining each ruler's successes and failures.

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: 1878

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.
Social Science

Ancient Maya Women

Author: Traci Ardren

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759100107

Category: Social Science

Page: 293

View: 7475

Edited volume tracing the state of knowledge of gender in Ancient Mayan society. Visit our website for sample chapters!
Central America

Courtly art of the ancient Maya

children's guide

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Central America

Page: 16

View: 9061


Reading Maya Art

A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Sculpture

Author: Andrea Joyce Stone,Marc Zender

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500051689

Category: Art

Page: 248

View: 7554

Presented here for the first time is a compendium of one hundred hieroglyphs that are also building blocks of ancient Maya painting and sculpture. Organized thematically, the symbols touch on many facets of the Maya world, from the natural environment animals, plants, the heavens to the metaphysical landscape of gods, myths and rituals. Using over five hundred line drawings and photographs, Andrea Stone and Marc Zender show how to identify these signs, understand their meaning, and appreciate the novel ways they appear in art. In addition to providing a clear and accessible introduction to Maya art, linguistics and writing, the authors also offer many new and exciting interpretations. Lavishly illustrated, fully cross-referenced and indexed, this remarkable and innovative guide will prove an invaluable tool for those wishing to see Maya art, perhaps for the first time, through the eyes of ancient scribes and artists.

Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya

Author: Walter R. T. Witschey

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0759122865

Category: History

Page: 540

View: 5967

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.
Central America


Divine Kings of the Rain Forest

Author: Nikolai Grube

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783833143397

Category: Central America

Page: 480

View: 4726

Lost cities in the jungle and towering temple pyramids form only a small part of Mayan culture. This fascinating people achieved the landmarks of an advanced civilisation - such as a highly developed writing system and densely populated cities - in the classical period (AD 300-600), earning them a place among the greatest civilisations in the world. However, this period represents just one phase in the history of the Mayan culture, which extends over thousands of years. Our knowledge of Mayan life has increased dramatically in recent decades. As a result, specialists from a wide range of disciplines have contributed to this book in order to represent all of the latest research on the Maya. The contributions included in this magnificent volume range from the origins of Mayan culture all the way to today, giving insight into everyday life and religion as well as the artistic accomplishments and intellectual abilities of this important culture.


Eternal City of the Maya

Author: David Stuart,George E. Stuart

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 272

View: 1475

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.
Biography & Autobiography

Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt

From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra

Author: Joyce A. Tyldesley

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 828

This new volume in the bestselling Chronicle series is the first book to recount the full history of queenship in ancient Egypt, revealing the essential role played by women in the royal household. A highly readable and authoritative account, it is ideal for home, university or school reference.
Social Science

Stories in Red and Black

Pictorial Histories of the Aztecs and Mixtecs

Author: Elizabeth Hill Boone

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292783124

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

View: 5182

The Aztecs and Mixtecs of ancient Mexico recorded their histories pictorially in images painted on hide, paper, and cloth. The tradition of painting history continued even after the Spanish Conquest, as the Spaniards accepted the pictorial histories as valid records of the past. Five Pre-Columbian and some 150 early colonial painted histories survive today. This copiously illustrated book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the Mexican painted history as an intellectual, documentary, and pictorial genre. Elizabeth Hill Boone explores how the Mexican historians conceptualized and painted their past and introduces the major pictorial records: the Aztec annals and cartographic histories and the Mixtec screenfolds and lienzos. Boone focuses her analysis on the kinds of stories told in the histories and on how the manuscripts work pictorially to encode, organize, and preserve these narratives. This twofold investigation broadens our understanding of how preconquest Mexicans used pictographic history for political and social ends. It also demonstrates how graphic writing systems created a broadly understood visual "language" that communicated effectively across ethnic and linguistic boundaries.
Social Science

The Classic Maya

Author: Stephen D. Houston,Takeshi Inomata

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521669726

Category: Social Science

Page: 402

View: 5728

In the first millennium AD, the Classic Maya created courtly societies in and around the Yucatan Peninsula that have left some of the most striking intellectual and aesthetic achievements of the ancient world, including large settlements like Tikal, Copan, and Palenque. This book is the first in-depth synthesis of the Classic Maya. It is richly informed by new decipherments of hieroglyphs and decades of intensive excavation and survey. Structured by categories of person in society, it reports on kings, queens, nobles, gods, and ancestors, as well as the many millions of farmers and other figures who lived in societies predicated on sacred kingship and varying political programs. The Classic Maya presents a tandem model of societies bound by moral covenants and convulsed by unavoidable tensions between groups, all affected by demographic trends and changing environments. Focusing on the Classic heartland but referring to other zones, it will serve as the basic source for all readers interested in the civilization of the Maya.

The Ancient Maya

Author: Robert J. Sharer,Loa P. Traxler

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804748179

Category: History

Page: 931

View: 9863

The rich findings of recent exploration and research are incorporated in this completely revised and greatly expanded sixth edition of this standard work on the Maya people. New field discoveries, new technical advances, new successes in the decipherment of Maya writing, and new theoretical perspectives on the Maya past have made this new edition necessary.

The Major Gods of Ancient Yucatan

Author: Karl A. Taube

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks

ISBN: 9780884022046

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 2627


Breaking the Maya Code (Third Edition)

Author: Michael D. Coe

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500770611

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 7585

The inside story of one of the great intellectual breakthroughs of our time—the first great decipherment of an ancient script—now revised and updated. In the past dozen years, Maya decipherment has made great strides, in part due to the Internet, which has made possible the truly international scope of hieroglyphic scholarship: glyphic experts can be found not only in North America, Mexico, Guatemala, and western Europe but also in Russia and the countries of eastern Europe. The third edition of this classic book takes up the thorny question of when and where the Maya script first appeared in the archaeological record, and describes efforts to decipher its meaning on the extremely early murals of San Bartolo. It includes iconographic and epigraphic investigations into how the Classic Maya perceived and recorded the human senses, a previously unknown realm of ancient Maya thought and perception. There is now compelling documentary and historical evidence bearing on the question of why and how the “breaking of the Maya code” was the achievement of Yuri V. Knorosov—a Soviet citizen totally isolated behind the Iron Curtain—and not of the leading Maya scholar of his day, Sir Eric Thompson. What does it take to make such a breakthrough, with a script of such complexity as the Maya? We now have some answers, as Michael Coe demonstrates here.

Maya Art and Architecture

Author: Mary Ellen Miller,Megan E. O'Neil

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500204221

Category: Architecture

Page: 256

View: 3209

Presents a survey of Mayan art and architecture, focusing on the classical period from 100 B.C. to 909 A.D., covering tombs, palaces, temples, and shrines, and including such art forms as ceramics, sculptures, stone reliefs, and paintings.


The History of the Ancient Maya's Famous Capital

Author: Charles River Charles River Editors,Jesse Harasta

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781542753074


Page: 52

View: 4524

*Includes pictures. *Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading. Many ancient civilizations have influenced and inspired people in the 21st century. The Greeks and Romans continue to fascinate the West today. But of all the world's civilizations, none have intrigued people more than the Mayans, whose culture, astronomy, language, and mysterious disappearance all continue to captivate people. In 2012 especially, there was a renewed focus on the Mayans, whose advanced calendar has led many to speculate the world would end on the same date the Mayan calendar ends, but if anything, the focus on the "doomsday" scenario overshadowed the Mayans' true contribution to astronomy, language, sports, and art. The Maya maintained power in the Yucatan for over a thousand years, and at the height of its "Classical era" (3rd-9th centuries A.D.), the city of Tikal was one of the power centers of the empire. Archaeologists believe Tikal had been built as early as the 5th or 4th century BC, and eventually it became a political, economic and military capital that was an important part of a far-flung network across Mesoamerica, despite the fact it was seemingly conquered by Teotihuacan in the 4th century AD. It seems the foreign rulers came to assimilate Mayan culture, thus ensuring Tikal would continue to be a power base, and as a result, the city would not be abandoned until about the 10th century AD. As one of the Ancient Maya's most important sites, construction at Tikal was impressive, and even though it was apparently conquered, the city's records were unusually well preserved. This includes a list of the city's dynastic rulers, as well as the tombs and monuments dedicated to them. Thanks to this preservation, Tikal offers researchers their best look at the Ancient Maya and has gone a long way toward helping scholars understand Mayan history. Tikal: The History of the Ancient Maya's Famous Capital covers the history of the city, as well as the speculation and debate surrounding it. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about Tikal like you never have before, in no time at all.
Foreign Language Study

How to Read Maya Hieroglyphs

Author: John Montgomery

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780781810203

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 360

View: 1961

The ancient Maya civilisation of Mesoamerica was one of five in the history of the world to invent an original, functional writing system. Maya scribes documented the history of their civilisation in hieroglyphic script, yet by the nineteenth century there was not a single person left who could read this pictorial writing. After two centuries of intensive questioning, debate and research by experts and novices alike, the script has been almost fully recovered -- one of the most significant historical discoveries of the twentieth century. Serving as both an introduction to the script and a convenient reference to its basic features and symbols, this book is designed for amateurs and specialists, including general readers, travellers to the Maya areas, and participants in hieroglyphic workshops.

Chronicle of the Old Testament Kings

The Reign-by-reign Record of the Rulers of Ancient Israel

Author: John William Rogerson


ISBN: 9780500050958

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 4219

A richly illustrated chronology of Israel's kings--from Abraham to Herod--covers 1,500 years and features key data, portraits, genealogical trees, full-color maps, hundreds of illustrations, and much more.

Codex Bodley

A Painted Chronicle from the Mixtec Highlands, Mexico

Author: Maarten Evert Reinoud Gerard Nicolaas Jansen,Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781851240951

Category: Art

Page: 112

View: 1517

The Codex Bodley has long been recognized as one of the most important Mixtec manuscripts. Painted shortly before the Spanish Conquest of Mexico (1521), in the Mixtec region (state of Oaxaca), it is an excellent example of native Mixtec pictorial historiography in all its complexity. Because of its detailed information on genealogical relationships and dated events, it is a fundamental source for the study of precolonial Mixtec writing and history, from approximately 900 AD till the Spanish conquest (1521).For the first time, the entire manuscript is reproduced in a handy, single volume format. The commentary, based on many years of research on this manuscript and related documents, both in archives and in the Mixtec region itself, makes it possible to read the figurative paintings as a narrative text. Beginning with the history of the manuscript the author then discusses the main characteristics of Mixtec pictography before turning to the narrative of the manuscript, in a page-by-page explanatory reading of the pictograms and their significance. Highly illustrated, this is an essential text for all readers with an interest in pre-colonial Mexican history, art, and culture.