Emblem and State in the Classic Maya Lowland: An Epigraphic Approach to Territorial Organization

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Author: Marcus, Joyce

Year: 1976

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks

Place: Washington, DC


xvii+203 pages with tables, diagrams, plates, maps, figures and bibliography. Quarto (10 1/4" x 7 3/4") issued in green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. Foreword b Gordon R Willey. 1st edition.

Ancient Maya political organization is a subject that has intrigued archaeologists for a long time. Speculation has centered on the nature of the society itself. The Marcus study on Maya political territoriality is an innovative and important one. It combines, for the first time, two major approaches to the question in a way that is both imaginative and, at the same time, scientifically verifiable. Marcus's epigraphic and iconographic analysis carries the strongest part of her case for the nature of lowland Maya political territoriality. To appreciate properly what she has done, her work must be viewed as another step in the substantial progress that has been made in Maya Hieroglyphic and iconographic research in recent years. Thompson's Maya Hieroglyphic Writing (1950) summarized glyphic research to that date. A dozen years later he added A Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs (1962), which provided a systematic glyphic source-book for other scholars. As a result Maya Hieroglyphic writing has a good deal more to "tell" the archaeologist of the mid-1970's than it did a quarter century ago.


Some marginalia and underlining, previous owner's name on front end paper, light extremity wear, errata tipped in to page 61 else about very good issued without jacket.

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