Royal Courts Of The Ancient Maya

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Overview


The two volumes of Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya provide current archaeological perspectives on Maya courts conceived as vital, functioning social groups composed of lords, courtiers, scribes, priests, and entertainers, among many others. In addition to archaeological data on the architecture and other spatial attributes of courts, the studies in the two volumes bring to bear on the topic the most recent evidence from inscriptions, vase paintings, murals and friezes, and ethnohistoric records in order to flesh out a portrait of the actors and roles that made up Maya courts through time and across space. The attributes of courts are explored in the Maya highlands and lowlands, from the origins of early kingship through the Classic period to the Postclassic and Terminal epochs. Pertinent comparisons are also drawn from the Aztecs and other ancient and contemporary societies. Volume 1: Theory, Comparison, and Synthesis establishes a carefully considered framework for approaching the study of courts and their functions throughout the world of the ancient Maya. Volume 2: Data and Case Studies provides authoritatively current data and insights from key Maya sites, including Copán, Tikal, Caracol, Bonampak, and Calakmul.
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Establishes a framework for approaching the study of courts and their functions throughout the world of the ancient Maya. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. This is part of a two-volume set that provides current archaeological perspectives on Maya courts conceived as functioning social groups composed of lords, courtiers, priests, and entertainers. Inomata teaches anthropology at the University of Arizona. Houston teaches anthropology at Brigham Young University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813336404
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 316
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.71 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Takeshi Inomata is a professor at the University of Arizona. He received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, and he has currently been conducting archeological fieldwork in the Maya area. Stephen Houston is a professor at Brigham Young University. Takeshi Inomata is a professor at the University of Arizona. He received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, and he has currently been conducting archeological fieldwork in the Maya area. Stephen Houston is a professor at Brigham Young University.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrations ix
Preface xiii
Obituary xv
Introduction
1 Opening the Royal Maya Court 3
Part 1 Theoretical and Thematic Approaches
2 King's People: Classic Maya Courtiers in a Comparative Perspective 27
3 Peopling the Classic Maya Court 54
4 Perspectives on Actors, Gender Roles, and Architecture at Classic Maya Courts and Households 84
5 Spatial Dimensions of Maya Courtly Life: Problems and Issues 130
6 Court and Realm: Architectural Signatures in the Classic Maya Southern Lowlands 168
7 Classic Maya Concepts of the Royal Court: An Analysis of Renderings on Pictorial Ceramics 195
Part 2 Comparative Views and Conclusions
8 Aztec Noble Courts: Men, Women, and Children of the Palace 237
9 Concluding Remarks 274
List of Contributors 279
Index 281
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