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    Mesoamerican Writing Systems: Propaganda, Myth and History in Four Ancient Civilizations (Hardback) By (author) Joyce Marcus


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    DescriptionThis is an anthropological study of the role of hieroglyphic writing in the pre-hispanic Aztec, Mixtec, Zapotec, and Maya states. First, Joyce Marcus compares the four systems with regard to eight major themes: calendrics, the naming of nobles, the naming of places, royal marriages, accession to the throne, divine ancestors, warfare, and the rewriting of history. Then she establishes a new theoretical framework within which to conduct further analysis. Her basic contention is that ancient Mesoamerican writing was a tool used by an elite minority in their competition for positions of leadership, prestige, territory, tribute, and advantageous marriages. She convincingly demonstrates that while it may have been based on actual persons and events, this body of prehistoric writing is a deliberately created tangle of what we could call propaganda, myth, and fact, written for political purposes, and not (as many contemporary scholars have come to believe) reliable history in a modern sense.

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    Mesoamerican Writing Systems
    Propaganda, Myth and History in Four Ancient Civilizations
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joyce Marcus
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 518
    Width: 263 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 1,925 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691094748
    ISBN 10: 0691094748

    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    BIC subject category V2: JHM
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLC, 1KLS
    BIC subject category V2: CF, HD
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000, HIS029000
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2JS
    LC classification: F1219.3.W9
    DC20: 970.01072
    Illustrations note
    20 half-tones, 270 line drawings
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    03 March 1993
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey