Maya Political Science by Prudence M. Rice

Maya Political Science: Time, Astronomy, and the Cosmos (The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies) by Prudence M. Rice
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Overview: How did the ancient Maya rule their world? Despite more than a century of archaeological investigation and glyphic decipherment, the nature of Maya political organization and political geography has remained an open question. Many debates have raged over models of centralization versus decentralization, superordinate and subordinate status-with far-flung analogies to emerging states in Europe, Asia, and Africa. But Prudence Rice asserts that neither the model of two giant "superpowers" nor that which postulates scores of small, weakly independent polities fits the accumulating body of material and cultural evidence.

In this groundbreaking book, Rice builds a new model of Classic lowland Maya (AD 179-948) political organization and political geography. Using the method of direct historical analogy, she integrates ethnohistoric and ethnographic knowledge of the Colonial-period and modern Maya with archaeological, epigraphic, and iconographic data from the ancient Maya. On this basis of cultural continuity, she constructs a convincing case that the fundamental ordering principles of Classic Maya geopolitical organization were the calendar (specifically a 256-year cycle of time known as the may) and the concept of quadripartition, or the division of the cosmos into four cardinal directions. Rice also examines this new model of geopolitical organization in the Preclassic and Postclassic periods and demonstrates that it offers fresh insights into the nature of rulership, ballgame ritual, and warfare among the Classic lowland Maya.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Ancient Civilizations > Mayan

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Maya E Groups by David A. Freidel, Arlen F. Chase

Maya E Teams: Calendars, Astronomy, and Urbanism within the Early Lowlands by David A. Freidel and Arlen F. Chase
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Overview: “Main archaeologists current the latest proof on a posh of structure, iconography, and artifacts carefully linked to the rise of the divine kingships of the traditional Maya. An necessary quantity for anybody within the rise of historic states.” -Arthur Demarest, writer of Historical Maya: The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization

“E Teams have confirmed to be older, extra advanced, and extra variable than we’d have anticipated even a technology in the past. New information offered and interpreted right here will inform the subsequent technology of researchers and enthrall Maya fans all over the place.” -Debra S. Walker, editor of Views on the Historical Maya of Chetumal Bay
Style: Non-Fiction > Historical past

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