Chronicle of the Maya Kings Amd Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya

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Thames and Hudson, 2000 - Social Science - 240 pages
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For a thousand years the dense rain forests of Central America concealed the ruins of one of the world's great civilizations, that of the ancient Maya. Early explorers found themselves in cities dominated by steep temple pyramids and fallen idols covered in unfathomable hieroglyphs. Since the mid-nineteenth century, scholars have tried to understand the mysterious people who produced one of the greatest flowerings of art and culture in the New World. Behind the ruined Maya cities and their abandoned art-works -- the superb sculptures of Copan, the fine vase painting of Naranjo, the mighty pyramids of Tikal and Calakmul -- lie the turbulent stories of their ruling dynasties. The recent tremendous progress in reading Maya hieroglyphs is now bringing this story into focus.

Here is the first book to bring together and examine the greatest Maya dynasties in a single volume. Two of the world's leading experts in Maya hieroglyphic decipherment reveal the latest thinking on the nature of Maya divine kingship, statehood, and political authority, and describe the most recent readings and archaeological finds, including their own discoveries.

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Review: Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya

User Review  - Leonide Martin - Goodreads

Well-documented descriptions of the ruling dynasties of 11 Maya cities. Nice overview of Maya time periods, hieroglyphs, calendars, culture and politics. Published in 2000, the name spellings are from ... Read full review

Review: Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya

User Review  - Ronny - Goodreads

I very much enjoyed this book. I have been interested in Maya archaeology and history for many years. This was a very informative and up to date history of the Mayan kingdoms and their rulers. Very much recommended for anyone interested in this area. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Martin is the editor of Health Guardian.

Grube is Professor of Anthropology and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Bonn.

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