Reading the Maya Glyphs / Edition 2

Reading the Maya Glyphs / Edition 2

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by Michael D. Coe, Mark Van Stone
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0500285535

ISBN-13: 9780500285534

Pub. Date: 06/15/2005

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

The breaking of the Maya code has completely changed our knowledge of this ancient civilization, and has revealed the Maya people's long and vivid history.
Decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has progressed to the point where most Maya written texts—whether inscribed on monuments, written in the codices, or painted or incised on ceramics—can now

Overview

The breaking of the Maya code has completely changed our knowledge of this ancient civilization, and has revealed the Maya people's long and vivid history.
Decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing has progressed to the point where most Maya written texts—whether inscribed on monuments, written in the codices, or painted or incised on ceramics—can now be read with confidence.
In this practical guide, first published in 2001, Michael D. Coe, the noted Mayanist, and Mark Van Stone, an accomplished calligrapher, have made the difficult, often mysterious script accessible to the nonspecialist. They decipher real Maya texts, and the transcriptions include a picture of the glyph, the pronunciation, the Maya words in Roman type, and the translation into English. For the second edition, the authors have taken the latest research and breakthroughs into account, adding glyphs, updating captions, and reinterpreting or expanding upon earlier decipherments.
After an introductory discussion of Maya culture and history and the nature of the Maya script, the authors introduce the glyphs in a series of chapters that elaborate on topics such as the intricate calendar, warfare, royal lives and rituals, politics, dynastic names, ceramics, relationships, and the supernatural world. The book includes illustrations of historic texts, a syllabary, a lexicon, and translation exercises.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500285534
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
06/15/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,222,031
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface7
1The Cultural Background of Maya Writing11
1.1Overview of a civilization11
1.2Scribes and artists13
1.3The language of the inscriptions15
2The Nature of the Maya Script17
2.1Principles17
2.2Syllabograms20
2.3Morphosyllabic signs22
2.4Logograms with phonetic complements24
2.5Polyvalence25
2.6Conflation26
2.7Some grammar26
2.7.1Nouns27
2.7.2Gender28
2.7.3Pronouns29
2.7.4Adjectives31
2.7.5Verbs32
2.8Locative prepositions35
3Time and the Calendar37
3.1General remarks37
3.2Maya numbers38
3.3The Calendar Round40
3.3.1The 260-day Count41
3.3.2The Haab42
3.4The Long Count and the Initial Series45
3.4.1The Initial Series48
3.4.2The Supplementary Series49
3.5Distance Numbers, Period Endings, and anniversaries53
4Royal Lives and Royal Rituals59
4.1General remarks59
4.2Life-cycle events59
4.2.1Birth59
4.2.2Accession61
4.2.3Death and burial62
4.3Ritual activities63
4.3.1Period Ending rites63
4.3.2Bloodletting64
4.3.3God impersonation65
4.3.4Royal dance65
4.3.5Ballplaying and ballcourts66
4.3.6Postscript67
5Places and Polities68
5.1Emblem Glyphs68
5.2Toponyms (place names)71
6Dynastic Names and Titles74
6.1Titles74
6.2Rulers79
7Relationships86
7.1Parentage statements86
7.2Spouse87
7.3Siblings88
8Warfare89
8.1Glyphs for general war89
8.2The taking of prisoners90
9Scribes and Artists94
9.1Users of brush pens94
9.2Carvers95
9.3Other titles for artists and scribes96
10Ceramic Texts98
10.1General remarks98
10.2The Primary Standard Sequence (PSS)99
11The Supernatural World108
11.1General remarks108
11.2Divinity and godhead109
11.3The major gods110
11.4Paired gods118
11.5Triads118
11.6The Death Gods119
11.7The way spirit-companions121
12The Inanimate and Animate Worlds123
12.1The physical world123
12.1.1The directions123
12.1.2The colors125
12.1.3The sky and the earth126
12.2Humans128
12.3Animals129
12.4Buildings and structures132
12.5Stone objects133
12.6Pottery vessels135
12.7Costume and personal adornment135
Illustration Examples137
Syllabary155
A Maya Lexicon161
Calendrical Formulae and Tables167
Software Programs168
Exercise Answers169
Brief Bibliography172
Acknowledgments173
Index174

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Reading the Maya Glyphs 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dr-greenwald More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent resource for learning about Mayan logograms and glyphs. Expect that you will need to read it several times in order to get a grip on deciphering the writings. Think of this book as a graduate course on Mayan epigraphy as it is not an easy read by any means. I carry it with me on travels to the Mayan ruins and wish that it were available in electronic format.