The World of the Ancient Maya

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Author: Henderson, John S

Year: 1981

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Place: Ithaca

Description:

271 pages with tables, maps, illustrations, figures, plates, bibliography and index. Quarto (9 3/4" x 8 1/2") issued in half leather reddish brown with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial to cover. 1st edition.

This work is an elegantly written introduction to this remarkable civilization. John S Henderson explores the entire cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement in the area through the period of the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century. Assembling information from a wealth of sources - from archaeology, history linguistics and ethnography - he traces the rise and development of Maya societies. His broad and balanced account treats diverse aspects of the Maya world, among them the environments of the various Maya peoples, their religion and philosophy; their lings with neighbors and relatives; recent advances in decipherment of hieroglyphics; the great florescence of the first millennium of the Christian era; and the spectacular cultural castrophe of the ninth century in southern Yucatan. Throughout Henderson considers the interaction among Maya societies and stresses the mportance of the cultural variatins between regions as well as their common heritage.

Condition:

A fine copy in a near fine jacket.

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