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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Chronicle
The First Edition Chronicle has become the standard reference text for students, professionals and enthusiasts of Maya history and epigraphy. Of course I immediately ordered the revised edition since the authors are eteemed contributors to the rapidly evolving field of Maya studies. In reading the revised edition I am re-discovering the exceptional readibility of what...
Published on May 1, 2008 by Cheyenne Spetzler

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3.0 out of 5 stars Maya history in Central America
I am thoroughly enjoying the content of the book. It is hard to read because the shiny paper (great for photographs) reflects glare from whatever light source I am using.

Have recently traveled to Central America to see some of these ruins. Was not disappointed and was left hungry for more knowledge, which this book supplies.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Saunders


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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Chronicle, May 1, 2008
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Cheyenne Spetzler (Northern California) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering The Dynasties of the Ancient Maya (Paperback)
The First Edition Chronicle has become the standard reference text for students, professionals and enthusiasts of Maya history and epigraphy. Of course I immediately ordered the revised edition since the authors are eteemed contributors to the rapidly evolving field of Maya studies. In reading the revised edition I am re-discovering the exceptional readibility of what could be a dry, historical account.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Latest on the Rulers of the Maya Area, February 21, 2010
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It's really extraordinary how epigraphers have been able to read the Maya names of the rulers (male and female) in the Maya area over the last several decades. This is a terrific summation of much of what has been done with the inscriptions over the last fifty years starting with the work of Tatiana Proskouriakoff in the early 1960s and Heinrich Berlin just before that when the first breakthroughs were made in glyphic decipherment. Others who followed are David Kelley, George Kubler, Linda Schele, and many others. Martin and Grube are the best of the younger generation in the field along with the work of their colleague David Stuart This is a wonderful presentation of the material. Too often texts are aimed at specialists and students. This book reaches them as well as a general audience. A must read for all those interested in the Maya and other groups in Mesoamerica.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Trove of Information, not to be missed, February 15, 2009
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I have been studying the Maya for over 30 years and it is such a delight to find a book that puts together so much information, is well-written and has so many valuable illustrations. There's a lot to absorb here and it is not light reading, but for anyone interested in the dynastic and political history of the Classic Maya, this is a treasure trove. Not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonders of the Maya, January 18, 2009
This review is from: Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering The Dynasties of the Ancient Maya (Paperback)
This book is excellent! You are learning and at the same time enjoying a good book. It teaches you about the Classic Maya heirachy in a completely understanding way and is not dry or boring. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the wonderful, alive, vibrant Maya culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Illustrated Reference Guide to Eleven Maya City-States, June 8, 2012
This review is from: Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering The Dynasties of the Ancient Maya (Paperback)
Site plans, color photos of artifacts, and ruler biographies, along with an overall map and a brief introduction, make this a highly readable documentation. Also, expert interpretations of engraved glyphs found on stelae, lintels, altars, and stairs reveal fascinating royal lineages and deadly conflicts between kingdoms.

X-rays of nested temples, such as Palenque's Temple of Inscriptions built over the tomb of Pakal I, and Bonampak's magnificent murals are examples of instructive graphics. There's a political landscape map of color coded lines showing alliances, family ties, and wars between city-states.

The only downside is that the authors named rulers with Maya names. Of course, these were their real names, but they are hard for non-Maya speakers to follow and remember. For example, now archaeologists call the thirteenth Copan king "Waxaklajuun Ubaah K'awil", instead of the previous "18-Rabbit", which was based on the glyphic representation in English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maya History, December 6, 2013
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Excellent! Very concise and dense information. A must for every student of Maya history. The first steps of a real history of the Maya kingdoms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful timelines tour of principal Mayan sites, December 31, 2012
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Like all the Thames & Hudson Chronicles, this beautifully illustrated, informative, and authoritative book is a gem! A world of intriguing information, wonderful pictures, and a pleasure to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maya history in Central America, June 17, 2014
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I am thoroughly enjoying the content of the book. It is hard to read because the shiny paper (great for photographs) reflects glare from whatever light source I am using.

Have recently traveled to Central America to see some of these ruins. Was not disappointed and was left hungry for more knowledge, which this book supplies.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars stunningly beautiful. informative and engaging, February 24, 2010
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Robert A. Schultz (Los Angeles, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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In addition to the wealth of illustrations of relevant Mayan artifacts, many in color, the text is perfectly balanced and guaranteed to suck you into the world of the maya kings and queens. Too bad about waxak lahun uba kawiil.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chronicles of the maya Kings and queens., July 4, 2008
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Federico Menendez "Chalchuapa." (El Salvador,Central America) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering The Dynasties of the Ancient Maya (Paperback)
A very good updated version for the maya enthusiast,you'll enjoy it page after page,Martin and Grobe has done it again!!!
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