- Series: Chronicle
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thames and Hudson; 1St Edition edition (2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500051038
- ISBN-13: 978-0500051030
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.9 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya Hardcover – 2000
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There's nothing else like this book. It supersedes everything else ever written on Maya history. -- Michael D. Coe, author of Breaking the Maya Code
About the Author
Simon Martin is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Nikolai Grube is Professor of Anthropology and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Bonn.
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There IS a chronological narrative running through it, but really this is a book to be studied. Only the 11 most powerful (or well-documented) Maya city states are presented in full. After a brief introduction to Maya history, five chapters trace the glyph-based histories of the most important cities (including Tikal and Calakmul). Then six chapters cover as many peripheral cities with full records (like Palenque and Copan), concluding with the fall of the kings. The text is festooned with innumerable photographs, line drawings of hieroglyphs and royalty, explanatory captions, kings' names, biographical tables, sidebars on archaeological topics, views of buildings, and shaded city plans. Helping you keep track of the impossible (and often similar) names are king headers and timeline footers. A useful bibliography and name (not topic) index complete the book
This book is not intended as a guide to famous ruins nor does it deal with the popular subject of Maya religion and cosmos. It deals with the political outcomes of the scheming and murder that underpinned all that. It does not provide glyph by glyph readings (as Schele and Mathews do for many of the same cities in the very different CODE OF KINGS). The book is printed on fine paper in Slovenia. (Hopefully we shall soon see some good novels fleshing out the bloody tales implied here.)
After reading this book I have a better four-dimensional sense of these city-states. This book is a treasure.
This is a highly informative work considering that most of Maya history comes from the Glyphs/writing left on buildings and monuments.
This book is a very good quick reference guide for those who do not want to wade through huge blocks of history text to get to the information you need. The volume is divided into sections separating the Maya into their city states and showing their impact on the world around them (as well as the impact on them from outsiders).
The Maya are a precise and warlike people who, it seems, overstretched their natural resources which then lead to their city states to eventual ruin and abandonment.
And now the Maya people today (who have a strong oral tradition) are being taught to read the writing of their ancestors by the Archaeologists who study the ancient Maya.
Writing and language are so much a part of a person's cultural identity, that when you lose your connection with it, you lose a part of yourself.