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

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 6, 1999 - History - 432 pages
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This unique and extraordinary guide to seven major sites of Maya civilization highlights the pioneering work of two great scholars of ancient America. For readers at every level -- from the casual tourist to the serious student -- The Code of Kings relies on Linda Schele and Peter Mathews's revolutionary work in the decipherment of the hieroglyphs that cover the surfaces of Maya ruins to give us a far clearer picture of Maya culture than we have ever had.
Richly illustrated with line art and the incomparable photography of Justin Kerr and Macduff Everton, The Code of Kings is a landmark contribution to our understanding of the Maya and a phenomenal guided tour of seven of the most awesome and magical spots on Earth.
 

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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

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

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Building on what was already known and on some ideas from other scholars, Schele (The Blood of Kings, LJ 10/15/93) and Mathews (archaeology, Univ. of Calgary) used the syntactic approach to break the ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
PyramidMountains and PlazaSeas
13
TohChakIchaks Palace
63
HanabPakals Tomb
95
The Great Plaza of WaxaklahunUbahKawil
133
The Katunending Commemoration of AhBolonAbtaWatulChatel
175
The Great Ballcourt
197
The Nunnery Quadrangle of ChanChakKaknalAhaw
257
Concordance of Maya Personal Names
319
Key to Pronunciation and Orthography
325
Notes
327
References
389
Glossary of Gods and Supernatural
409
Index
419
Illustration and Photograph Credits
432
Copyright

The Capital of the Kaqchikel Maya
291

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About the author (1999)

The late Linda Schele was the John D. Murchison Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. Her books include The Blood of Kings (with Mary Miller), A Forest of Kings (with David Freidel), and Maya Cosmos (with David Freidel and Joy Parker). She died in the spring of 1998.

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