This Very Short Introduction to classics links a haunting temple on a lonely mountainside to the glory of ancient Greece and the grandeur of Rome, and to Classics within modern culture - from Jefferson and Byron to Asterix and Ben-Hur.
"The Cultural Importance of Classics"
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.
"Not for the layman"
This book may allow some people to overcome their fear of the vengeful, cruel God they were taught to believe in as children. It may allow more people to speak out when they hear religious leaders use their God to incite people to harm others. It may even allow more of us to admit, "I could be wrong."