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Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens: Deciphering the Dynasties of the Ancient Maya

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‘An instant classic recognizable to specialists as an innovative contribution, and to general readers as a gripping account of a disappeared world’ – The Times Higher Education Supplement

‘Beautifully designed and illustrated … a handy guide to the latest in Maya written history’ – American Archaeology

‘Offers rich details of the Mayan culture, politics and economics … Reple

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Paperback, 2nd edition, 240 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Thames & Hudson (first published 2000)
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H.M.
Apr 24, 2014 H.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is chock full of site plans and photos, artifacts and loads of maps.

This is a highly informative work considering that most of Maya history comes from the Glyphs/writing left on buildings and monuments.

This book is a very good quick reference guide for those who do not want to wade through huge blocks of history text to get to the information you need. The volume is divided into sections separating the Maya into their city states and showing their impact on the world around them (as we
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Frederick
Apr 30, 2014 Frederick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable and interesting account of scholarship's opinions of the meanings of Mayan inscriptions, architecture, and sculpture. It is fascinating that such an impressive civilization is gone and we would do well to take heed to the warnings that are implied in this book. Overpopulation, disregard of the limitations of the environment, and constant warfare eventually take their toll on any civilization. I recommend this book highly. It has no agenda. Just spells out what they believe about ...more
Leonide Martin
Jun 18, 2013 Leonide Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maya-nonfiction
Well-documented descriptions of the ruling dynasties of 11 Maya cities. Nice overview of Maya time periods, hieroglyphs, calendars, culture and politics. Published in 2000, the name spellings are from an older protocol; newer books use different spellings as epigraphic progress enabled better translations of Maya glyphs. Gorgeous color pictures throughout.
AskHistorians
This work offers an up to date history of the Classic Period Maya based off of inscriptions and archaeological work since the publication of Schele and Freidel's A Forest of Kings. This book is noted for its detail in understanding the relationships between different polities such as Tikal and Teotihuacan or Calakmul's alliance used to defeat Tikal.
Travis
It leans heavily on epigraphic analysis, without much analysis of why some of these texts may contain propagandistic lies. But it is overall great. Every known ruler from the major sites. Mayanists may benefit from seeking out the 2nd edition, as the bibliography is more complete. But the text itself has barely been revised.
Ronny
Feb 05, 2013 Ronny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I very much enjoyed this book. I have been interested in Maya archaeology and history for many years. This was a very informative and up to date history of the Mayan kingdoms and their rulers. Very much recommended for anyone interested in this area.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK avoid this book if your aren't a history buff or a Mesoamerica scholar or just burning to learn a new area of interest. I loved it, it's a great book to teach the basic succession of rulers of the Maya. Slow to read but I did enjoy it. Very recommended
Natalie
Gosto muito desta série de livros e este não me desiludiu. Permitiu-me conhecer melhor este povo tão impressionante. Excelentes imagens.
ZooDoc
Sep 21, 2009 ZooDoc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to research the history of ancient Mayan kings and queens, the Mayan language, calendar and culture.
Jeffrey
Jul 08, 2011 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mostly Yucatan Maya in the first edition-haven't looked at second edition-copiously illustrated and helpful to decode glyphs.
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