Lightning Warrior

Lightning Warrior

by Matthew G. Looper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292705565

ISBN-13: 9780292705562

Pub. Date: 11/15/2003

Publisher: University of Texas Press

The Mayan city of Quirigua was a ceremonial and trading centre for a largely rural population conveniently located at a crossroads between the southeastern Mayan highlands and the Peten heartland. It was not a large urban centre such as Tikal but it was well endowed with monuments and sculpture on a grand scale. Based on his thesis, Looper's study focuses on the city…  See more details below

Overview

The Mayan city of Quirigua was a ceremonial and trading centre for a largely rural population conveniently located at a crossroads between the southeastern Mayan highlands and the Peten heartland. It was not a large urban centre such as Tikal but it was well endowed with monuments and sculpture on a grand scale. Based on his thesis, Looper's study focuses on the city of Quirigua at the height of its power during the 8th century AD and in particular its most famous king K'ak' Tiliw. By analysing the monuments and sculpture attributed to this king, Looper investigates the relationship between politics, divine ancestry and spiritual power exploited by K'ak' Tiliw and other rulers. In doing so Looper offers 'important new insights into the politico-religious history of Quirigua and its ties to other Classic Maya centers, the role of kingship in Mayan society, and the development of Maya art.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292705562
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Series:
The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Life at the Crossroads: Quirigua before K'ak' Tiliw
2. A Restive Vassal: The Early Reign of K'ak' Tiliw
3. Rebellion and Revival: The First Stelae of K'ak' Tiliw
4. Dreams of Power: Stelae F, D, and E
5. Foundation of the Cosmic House: Stelae C and A and Zoomorph B
6. In Honor of a Great Warrior: The Legacy of K'ak' Tiliw
Appendix A. Rulers of Quirigua
Appendix B. Historical Events Recorded in the Texts of Quirigua
Appendix C. Selected Historical Events from the Texts of Copan
Appendix D. Transcriptions and Translations of the Monumental Inscriptions Commissioned by K'ak' Tiliw
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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