"...[A] complex, carefully argued, and convincing reassessment of Maya archaeoastronomy, cosmology, and writing....This new analysis reveals the historically contextualized human agency of Maya kings and provides a more sophisticated description of the functions of Maya astronomers." -- C.C. Colb, National Endowment for the Humanities; CHOICE<br /><br />"Aldana has constructed an intriguing explanation for the invention, deployment, and historical associations of the 819 day count." -- Clemency Coggins, Journal of the History of Astronomy<br /><br />"The Apotheosis of Janaab' Pakal proposes original and provocative interpretations of some of the most important hieroglyphic texts of the Classic Maya [and] substantially enriches our understanding of the Maya elite intellectual culture by exploring the relationships between astronomical/mathematical lore and the mythic foundations of kingship at Palenque." -- Matthew Looper, Department of Art and Art History, California State University, Chico<br /><br />"[Aldana] uses novel techniques to combine ancient Maya mythology, astronumerology, science, astronomy, iconography, religion, and epigraphy to gain new insight into Classic Maya political and elite religious thought. . . . Aldana applies a history of science approach and convincingly places astronumerology in political, religious, and social context." --Grant Aylesworth, Department of Anthropology, University of New Brunswick
"I am very pleased to see an exegis of exactly how Maya calendars could be used and manipulated by rulers and their priests in what Aldana call an 'agency of science' for religious, dynasic, and political purposes." --Prudence M. Rice, American Anthropologist
About the Author
Gerardo Aldana is an assistant professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.