The Code of Kings: The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs

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Scribner, 1998 - Social Science - 431 pages
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Linda Schele and Peter Mathews broke the code of Mayan hieroglyphics in the early 1970s and opened the door to one of the most exciting intellectual adventures of this century. The Code of Kings represents the culmination of their landmark contributions to unlocking the secrets of the Maya.

This fully illustrated, highly informative tour of an intriguing lost civilization discusses Mayan history and culture and focuses on seven sites that exemplify the Mayan tradition of using public places to record their history and belief system. A wealth of maps, drawings, and photographs, a time line, and a glossary of gods and mythic figures, make this a great resource for tourists or armchair travelers; extensive end notes provide in-depth information for students of Mayan culture.

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THE CODE OF KINGS: The Language of Seven Sacred Maya Temples and Tombs

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A richly detailed and illustrated tour of seven important ancient Mayan cities. Schele, a widely published art historian (coauthor, A Story of Kings, 1990, etc.), and Mathews, an archaeologist, team ... Read full review

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I did not find this as dry as some reviewrs said, but then I'm fascinated by the Maya. It is a description of seven majoer Maya archaeological sites with interpretations in terms of Maya religous ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Schele was the John D. Murchison Professor of Art at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas.

Peter Mathews is an Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Calgary.

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