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The code of kings : the language of seven sacred Maya temples and tombs

Author: Linda Schele; Peter Mathews; Jay I. Kislak Reference Collection (Library of Congress)
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1998.
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"Since the early 1970s, Linda Schele and Peter Mathews have done pioneering work in the decipherment of the hieroglyphs that cover the surfaces of Maya ruins. Schele and Mathews were pivotal in discovering the Maya use of these hieroglyphs to cover their public spaces with the story of their history and belief system; and over the past twenty-five years, the two authors have been at the center of the work to  Read more...
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Schele, Linda.
Code of kings.
New York : Scribner, ©1998
(OCoLC)605433913
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Schele; Peter Mathews; Jay I. Kislak Reference Collection (Library of Congress)
ISBN: 068480106X 9780684801063
OCLC Number: 37819972
Description: 431 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Pyramid-Mountains and Plaza-Seas --
Ch. 2. Tikal: Toh-Chak-Ich'ak's Palace --
Ch. 3. Palenque: Hanab-Pakal's Tomb --
Ch. 4. Copan: The Great Plaza of Waxaklahun-Ubah-K'awil --
Ch. 5. Seibal: The K'atun-ending Commemoration of Ah-Bolon-Abta Wat'ul-Chatel --
Ch. 6. Chich'en Itza: The Great Ballcourt --
Ch. 7. Uxmal: The Nunnery Quadrangle of Chan-Chak-K'ak'nal-Ahaw --
Ch. 8. Iximche': The Capital of the Kaqchikel Maya --
Concordance of Maya Personal Names.
Responsibility: Linda Schele and Peter Mathews ; photographs by MacDuff Everton and Justin Kerr.

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"Since the early 1970s, Linda Schele and Peter Mathews have done pioneering work in the decipherment of the hieroglyphs that cover the surfaces of Maya ruins. Schele and Mathews were pivotal in discovering the Maya use of these hieroglyphs to cover their public spaces with the story of their history and belief system; and over the past twenty-five years, the two authors have been at the center of the work to translate the language of these public spaces, work that has constituted one of the most exciting intellectual adventures of the century." "All of their work culminates in The Code of Kings, an extraordinary guided tour through the lost civilization of the Maya, using as a prism seven buildings renowned for their beauty and sacred power. The seven sites - three in present-day Mexico, three in Guatemala, and one in Honduras - contain all the elements the ancient Maya considered necessary to charge a building with religious and political meaning. They represent the range of the Maya experience." "The Code of Kings is for readers of every level of expertise. The text discusses each building in progressively greater detail, moving from general to specific, so that readers may choose the amount of information they desire. An in-depth but succinct introduction gives a marvelous overview of Maya history and culture, end notes provide the scholarly background to the authors' interpretations while adding more detailed information, and a time line and glossary of gods and supernaturals serve as quick reference tools."--Jacket.

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