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

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Behind immense, ruined cities, and abandoned artworks deep in the rainforests of Central America lie the turbulent stories of the Maya monarchy. This text examines 11 of the most important Maya kingdoms, and provides biographical accounts of the 152 kings and 4 ruling queens. The authors set out the latest thinking on the nature of Maya divine kingship, statehood, and ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Thames & Hudson (first published 2000)
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Emily Davis-Hale
Great in-depth overview. Highly useful to anyone needing a quick reference for Maya dynasties (hi there, fellow grad students). I hope we’ll see a new edition soon, given the many developments in scholarship over the last decade.
H.M.
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Frederick
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2009 added it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
Mostly Yucatan Maya in the first edition-haven't looked at second edition-copiously illustrated and helpful to decode glyphs.
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