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Reading the Maya glyphs

Author: Michael D Coe; Mark Van Stone
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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In this practical guide Michael D. Coe and Mark Van Stone have made the difficult, often mysterious Maya script accessible to the nonspecialist. They decipher real Maya texts, and the transcriptions include a picture of the glyph, the pronunciation, the Maya words in Roman type, and the translation into English. The book includes illustrations of historic texts, a syllabary, a lexicon, and translation exercises. For  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D Coe; Mark Van Stone
ISBN: 0500285535 9780500285534
OCLC Number: 60532227
Notes: "With glyph illustrations throughout."
Description: 176 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 24 cm.
Contents: The cultural background of Maya writing. Scribes and artists ; The language of the inscriptions --
The nature of the Maya script. Principles ; Syllabograms ; Morphosyllabic signs ; Logograms with phonetic complements ; Polyvalence ; Conflation ; Some grammar ; Locative prepositions --
Time and the calendar. Maya numbers ; The calendar round ; The long count and the initial series ; Distance numbers, period endings, and anniversaries --
Royal lives and royal rituals. Life cycle events ; Ritual activities --
Places and polities. Emblem glyphs ; Toponyms (place names) --
Dynastic names and titles. Titles ; Rulers --
Relationships. Parentage statements ; Spouse ; Siblings --
Warfare. Glyphs for general war ; The taking of prisoners --
Scribes and artists. Users of brush pens ; Carvers ; Other titles for artists and scribes --
Ceramic texts. The primary standard sequence (PSS) --
The supernatural world. Divinity and godhead ; The major gods ; Paired gods ; Triads ; The death gods ; The way spirit - companions --
The inanimate and animate worlds. The physical world ; Humans ; Animals ; Buildings and structures ; Stone objects ; Pottery vessels ; Costume and personal adornment.
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In this practical guide Michael D. Coe and Mark Van Stone have made the difficult, often mysterious Maya script accessible to the nonspecialist. They decipher real Maya texts, and the transcriptions include a picture of the glyph, the pronunciation, the Maya words in Roman type, and the translation into English. The book includes illustrations of historic texts, a syllabary, a lexicon, and translation exercises. For the second edition the authors have added glyphs, updated captions, and reinterpreted or expanded upon earlier decipherments.

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