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The World of the Ancient Maya: 2nd Edition | [John S. Henderson]

The World of the Ancient Maya: 2nd Edition

In this comprehensive survey, updated for this new edition, Henderson explores the entire Maya cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement through the period of the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. His wide-ranging account treats diverse aspects of the Maya world, from religion and philosophy to the environments of the various Maya peoples, using deciphered Maya texts to reconstruct the ancient societies.
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Publisher's Summary

The ancient Maya were the only fully literate pre-Colombian people in the Americas. Superb scientists, they developed highly sophisticated mathematics and an intricate and accurate calendar system. Theirs was one of the few complex societies to emerge in and to adapt successfully to a tropical-forest environment. Their architecture, sculpture, and painting were sophisticated and compellingly beautiful.

In this comprehensive survey, updated for this new edition, Henderson explores the entire Maya cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement through the period of the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. His wide-ranging account treats diverse aspects of the Maya world, from religion and philosophy to the environments of the various Maya peoples, using deciphered Maya texts to reconstruct the ancient societies.

©1981 Cornell University Press; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The best full-length, up-to-date overview of Maya archaeology available today." (Choice)
"A superb, panoramic view of the entire history and extent of Maya culture....This book...could be taken as a model of its kind." (Art Book Review)

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    Jim Portland, TX, USA 02-15-07
    Jim Portland, TX, USA 02-15-07
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    "Not for the layman"

    I was interested in this title because I visited Tikal and Copan recently. I was hoping for more general knowledge on the Mayan culture. This is much more for specialists. It almost seems like a doctoral dissertation. Unless you find comparing and contrasting stelae from the late pre-classical period to those of the late classical period fascinating, avoid this. It will put you to sleep. The reader has a very dry, academic tone that just makes this a completely joyless listen. Too much work for too little useful, interesting knowledge.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    J. Clapp Fouke, AR 04-01-08
    J. Clapp Fouke, AR 04-01-08 Member Since 2005

    Heavy Listener wtih a mutlitude of interests. Enjoys Sci-Fi, Science/Tech, Fiction, Christian, and Historical books.

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    "A little boring"

    I was looking for something that talked about the Mayan Culture and explained it in a way that let you understand it. However, this one was mundane and while it was insightful, and gave alot of information, the reader sounded even bored at times with the information.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick LITTLETON, CO, USA 06-25-07
    Frederick LITTLETON, CO, USA 06-25-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Textbook Only"

    This is a straight up textbook, it is written for the historian and probably not for someone who wants a general look at history.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Robert R Mowrer Eugene, OR United States 02-19-13
    Robert R Mowrer Eugene, OR United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A dull college lecture"
    Would you try another book from John S. Henderson and/or Nadia May?

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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Author delivered a thesis for a professional audience. I needed a story for person interested in history. Also needed a map to "see" the Myan world


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes. A delivery to a professional audience. Dull.


    Did The World of the Ancient Maya inspire you to do anything?

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    Any additional comments?

    First audio book I was disappointed in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Rhoades Florida, USA 03-15-07
    Kimberly Rhoades Florida, USA 03-15-07 Member Since 2007

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    "Boring"

    This books gives new meaning to the word redundant.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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