Breaking the Maya Code

Breaking the Maya Code


By (author) Michael D. Coe

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 24mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 27 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500289557
  • ISBN 13: 9780500289556
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 237,917

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The Third Edition of this classic account of the inside story of one of the major intellectual breakthroughs of our time - the last great decipherment of an ancient script revised and brought right up to date with the latest developments. 113 illustrations bring to life the people and texts that have enabled us to read the Maya script. The original edition was hailed as a masterpiece that transcends the boundaries between academic and popular writing. "Coes thrilling account of the cracking of Mayan is like a detective story great stuff". ("The Observer"). "Told with great vigour by Professor Michael Coe, who was himself involved; he offers an insider's story with strong views of the personalities, competence and abilities of some colleagues". ("History Today"). "An entertaining, enlightening and even humorous history of the great searchers after the meaning that lies in the Maya inscriptions". (Anthony Burgess).

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Portrays a Maya culture obsessed with warfare, dynastic rivalries, and ritual bloodletting, yet rich with masterpieces in art and architecture.