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Author Schele, Linda.

Title The code of kings : the language of seven sacred Maya temples and tombs / Linda Schele and Peter Mathews ; photographs by MacDuff Everton and Justin Kerr.

Imprint New York : Scribner, 1998.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  972.81016 Sch26c 1998    ---  Lib Use Only
Description 431 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-407) and index.
Summary "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.
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.
Subject Mayas -- Religion.
Maya architecture.
Maya sculpture.
Sacred space -- Mexico.
Sacred space -- Central America.
Mayan languages -- Writing.
Names, Mayan.
Inscriptions, Mayan.
Mexico -- Antiquities.
Central America -- Antiquities.
Antiquities. (OCoLC)fst00810745
Inscriptions, Mayan. (OCoLC)fst00973919
Maya architecture. (OCoLC)fst01012695
Maya sculpture. (OCoLC)fst01012743
Mayan languages -- Writing. (OCoLC)fst01012769
Mayas -- Religion. (OCoLC)fst01012826
Names, Mayan. (OCoLC)fst01032465
Sacred space. (OCoLC)fst01103191
Central America. (OCoLC)fst01244535
Mexico. (OCoLC)fst01211700
Added Author Mathews, Peter, 1951 June 12-
ISBN 068480106X (alk. paper)
9780684801063 (alk. paper)

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