- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Stewart Tabori & Chang; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556708238
- ISBN-13: 978-1556708237
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,513,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Maya: Life, Myth, and Art Hardcover – September 1, 1998
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The 1990s have been a period of explosive growth in our knowledge of the ancient Maya people of Central America; as the region grows in population and forests are cleared for fields and towns, more and more Mayan ruins are being found. Timothy Laughton, an English art historian, draws on recent fieldwork to give us this richly illustrated, inviting introduction to Mayan prehistory, which is especially strong on what is reliably known about the culture's beliefs and religious practices. Organized as a series of brief essays on matters like trade, astronomy, timekeeping, and architecture, Laughton's book examines some long-standing curiosities: Why, for instance, did the Maya people, as politically and militarily well organized as they were, never forge a single empire to rival that of the neighboring Aztecs? Why did the so-called classic Maya civilization collapse when there is no discernible reason for its having done so--no invaders, no plague, no famine? Laughton hazards a few guesses, but he is mostly content to let mysteries remain where the facts do not immediately offer an explanation. Geared to general readers, his book will also be useful to beginning students in Mesoamerican archaeology and cultural history. --Gregory McNamee
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In this book you will find little information about each city state specifically, but you'll get an excellent overview on Mayan culture, glyphs, art and their lack of purely decorative form, numerical and calendar systems, geographical limitations (like the lack of surface rivers, depending entirely on cenotes, underground rivers and rain), etc.
Wonderfully illustrated with magnificent color photographs this is a very good introduction to this civilization that represented in a cosmological way almost everything they did in this earth.
In this work you will find pronounciation guide, further reading guide and a small glossary.
At 135 pages, this is not an exhaustive book but rather a brief overview. Readers wanting an in-depth exploration of the culture should look elsewhere. Those who simply have a curiosity about the Mayas, or who love the visual impact of antiquities, will enjoy this book immensely.