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DOWNLOAD A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya 107 À Recent interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs has given the 1st written history of the New World as it existed before the European invasion In this book two of the 1st central figures in the effort to decode the glyphs Linda Schele David Freidel detail thisDers 2000 years ago to the decline of Maya civilization its destruction by the Spanish Here the great rulers of pre Columbian civilization come to life again with the decipherment of their writing At its height Maya civilization flourished under great kings like Shield Jaguar who ruled for over 60 years expanding his kingdom building some of the most impressive works of a. This book is a great showcase of what we lost when the great Linda Schiele died Though obviously the book is a bit outdated we just know about the Maya particularly their written languages now than when this book was written it still holds surprising relevance to Mayan studies today The technical information is presented in an accessible format that anyone can understand regardless of their previous knowledgeexperience in Mayan studies This book also does something very uniue that few other history books are willing to do let alone Mayan ones; this book provides fanciful story style interpretations of historical events surrounding the various Mayan players like Kings Some people may not like these short story excerpts as they are historical fiction but I think they provide the reader with real connections and emotional investment with the historical figures presented in the history book portions of the book Overall this is a great book for people interested in some of the major city states and kings of the ancient Maya and though the information is outdated and the translations crude by today's standard it is still an enjoyable educational and accessible read for people of all backgrounds

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Recent interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs has given the 1st written history of the New World as it existed before the European invasion In this book two of the 1st central figures in the effort to decode the glyphs Linda Schele David Freidel detail this history A Forest of Kings is the story of Maya kingship from the beginning of its institution the 1st great pyramid buil. The joy of this book is that it was one of the first to be published after the major breakthrough in understanding the Maya script No longer were we in the serene world of priestly astronomers but of the would be big beasts of the political jungle asserting their greatness heritage and deeds on stelesThe obvious limitation is that as time moves on from publication is discovered and is translated the the views advanced in the book will be subject to revisionHowever it tells of an interesting world A city state civilisation built out of the jungle that struggled to maintain political order in the face of an obscure environmental or ecological catastrophe It's a nice update to Eric Thompson's The Rise and Fall of Maya CivilizationThe big surprise was that understanding their script overturned understanding of the Maya world which because it was understood that they were interested in numbers and astronomy many of their carved stelae marking significant dates so it was thought they were cerebral astronomers their culture fixated upon the heavens their written inscriptions revealed that their interest in dates and astronomy and conjunctions was in part political All uite a change from Erich van Daniken who made a fine living claiming that the same inscriptions showed alien astronauts rather than aristocrats burning scraps of paper soaked in their own blood in the smoke of which they perceived dream visions of their ancestors and gods

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A Forest of Kings The Untold Story of the Ancient MayaRchitecture in the ancient world Long placed on a mist shrouded pedestal as austere peaceful stargazers Maya elites are now known to have been the rulers of populous aggressive city states Hailed as a Rosetta stone of Maya civilization Brian M Fagan author of People of the Earth A Forest of Kings is a must for interested readers says Evon Vogt Harvard anthropology profess. Given that this book assumes no previous knowledge and sometimes words things melodramatically but packs its information pretty densely I'm guessing that it's intended as an introductory college textbook The first chapter covers basics of pre conuest Maya culture and the last chapter discusses the collapse of Classic civilization and a little about the European conuest In between most chapters focus on a specific city Cerros for the Pre Classic rise of kingship and monumental architecture Tikal for the first wars of conuest a chapter on the reconstructed intercity politics of the middle Classic two chapters on Palenue and Yaxchilán for detailed examinations of dynastic ideology Copán for the Terminal Classic and collapse and Chichén Itzá for post classic civilization So many then ongoing discoveries and controversies appear in this book that it must be significantly out of date by now than 20 years after it was published