A Forest of Kings
The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya
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Forest of Kings by Linda Schele
Book DescriptionThe mystique of the pre-Columbian Maya has prompted much speculation about the nature of this sophisticated people. With the breaking of their elaborate hieroglyphic code, Schele and Freidel, Mayan scholars of note, provide a new look at the Maya. Structured on sound scholarly principles, their presentation abounds in notes, references, indexes, and chronologies with profuse line-drawings of temple and other inscriptions. They devote a chapter to each of the major Mayan city-states. What makes this volume more accessible and of greater impact than the average scholarly study are the frequent vignettes of great events, kingly acts, etc., told dramatically, in a fictive but plausible style that allows the ancient Maya at last to speak for themselves. Recommended for informed laypersons, as well as specialist and young adult readers.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780688112042
(254mm x 178mm x 35mm)
Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Publish Date: 14-Oct-1993
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Linda Schele
Blood of Kings, Paperback (April 1992)» View all books by Linda Schele
Focuses on the progress made in deciphering the complicated Maya hieroglyphic code, effectively penetrating the world and minds of the creators of Maya art.
US Kirkus Review » The key to many mysteries of Maya civilization has been the deciphering of their hieroglyphs, and recent research by a number of scholars, among them Schele (Art/Univ. of Texas at Austin) and Freidel (Archaeology/Southern Methodist Univ.), has opened doors to understanding that have been closed for centuries. This fascinating, copiously illustrated work rewrites Maya history in light of the new discoveries. The authors have been working among the monuments and rains in the Yucatan peninsula for roughly 20 years, and rely extensively on their own findings and interpretations to tell a story of centuries of prosperity, conquest, and glory. From major cities such as Cerros and Tikal, Palenque and Chichen Itza, Maya rulers forged a powerful civilization begriming in the early years of the Christian calendar - a civilization that remained intact until the European conquerors laid waste to it in the 16th and 17th centuries. The nature of the remaining records - inscriptions on temples, palaces, monuments, and the like - allows little more than a history of these rulers to be told, but nevertheless a rich and lively tale emerges, which brings much of their religious beliefs and cosmology to the fore. The authors preface their interpretation with an extensive overview of Maya society and its achievements, from agricultural practices in taming the fertile swampland and the famous Calendar Round - part of a calendric system of 20-day months and a 52-year cycle - to the importance of ritual bloodletting as a means of acquiring visions and linking to the Otherworld. The chronology proper comes to life with ample dramatic enhancement, as details of a religious procession or human sacrifice are freely imagined, and the freshness of this approach makes it as exciting as the first interpretive successes with Egyptian hieroglyphs early in the 19th century, and perhaps as important. Although weighing in with a full complement of footnotes and occasionally too wide-eyed, this is impressive and daring work, a welcome addition to popular knowledge of pre-Columbian civilization in Mesoamerica. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Linda Schele
David Freidel has been a Maya archaeologist for twenty years. He teaches at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Linda Schele was a well-known authority on Maya writing and art, and the co-author of many books on the Maya including The Blood of Kings and The Code of Kings. She died in 1998.
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