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

by Linda Schele

Other authorsPeter Mathews
Paper Book, 1998



Call number

F1435.3 .A6S34 1998


New York : Scribner, c1998.


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 concepts. i was afriad the interpretations would be too speculative, but they seemed reasonable, though
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there may be a tendency to state as facts what are only reasonable hypotheses.
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Physical description

431 p.; 25 cm


068480106X / 9780684801063



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