The Maya

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • The Maya
  • Michael D. Coe
  • English
  • 20 October 2019
  • 0500285055

10 thoughts on “The Maya

  1. says:

    I read this book because the Maya have always been an interest of mine as have many other periods of history I also read this book as reference material for a book I am writing.Michael Coe writes a generally faced paced and easy to read text that may well be better suited to a high school history lesson than a read for interest s sake Primarily he covers off the movements of the Mayan tribes around Mesoamerica and the different periods they belong to He does this well and makes clear points.T I read this book because the Maya have always been an interest of mine as have many other periods of history I also read this book as reference material for a book I am writing.Michael Coe writes a generally faced paced and easy to read text that may well be better suited to a high school history lesson than a read for interest s sake Primarily he covers off the movements of the Mayan tribes around Mesoamerica and the different periods they belong to He does this well and makes clear points.The downfall I found with this book is that I was looking formeatiness I wanted in depth discussion on beliefs, rituals, and Gods I wanted detailed descriptions of sites and temples and all other buildings but there were none Coe seems to rely on the many photographs in the book to show and the photos are plentiful and great I wanted an in depth analysis of the Mayan Calendar and the doomsday prophecy The calendar was discussed but when Coe edged towards the guessed alignments with Venus and Mars and their impact on the Mayan people, he shied away again.To me, it was like he wanted to be taken as a serious historian only and those areas of presumption and hearsay are best left to others like the great Graham Hancock everyone needs to read Fingerprints of the Gods The book does not deal in any way with myths and spirituality, it is a following of the nomadic tribes, a brief over view of conflicts and a greater look at timelines.I must again mention the photographs, some are brilliant I am not downplaying the significance of this book but I can say I was hoping for

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    This was the best of the introductory books I ve read about the Maya Coe is a clear and engaging writer, excellent as a popularist Newer editions are much updated as the Mayan script has since been decyphered For an account of that see his Breaking the Mayan Code.

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    My Blog The Book Nook s always a bummer when I think I am really interested in a topic and then after one book about said topic, I am completely unsure if my interest is waning or if the writing is just that dry dull etc.In this case, I think it is that the writing is just that dry and I felt like I was reading a textbook Now, before you say, But it s non fiction I should point out that I read non fiction almost exclusively these days and h My Blog The Book Nook s always a bummer when I think I am really interested in a topic and then after one book about said topic, I am completely unsure if my interest is waning or if the writing is just that dry dull etc.In this case, I think it is that the writing is just that dry and I felt like I was reading a textbook Now, before you say, But it s non fiction I should point out that I read non fiction almost exclusively these days and have for quite some time And thisI just could not get interested in it Even the pictures started to look the same after a while, and that in itself is sort of depressing, because usually maps and pictures are a welcome relief when the writing is too bogged down by the author s extensive knowledge I realize that one would like their non fiction writers to be knowledgeable and I appreciate the fact that Coe is beyond well versed in his knowledge of the Maya However, there is just SO MUCH that it is almost too much Perhaps the problem is I have very little background knowledge of my own and thus my very shaky foundation can t hold what was delivered in this text Unfortunately, due to its dryness, that foundation is not much sturdier now that I ve finished the book than it was before

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    I always like to have a factual book on the go at the same time as a fiction and though books like this are generally oftenwork than pleasure, I must say that this was a pleasurable read as an introduction to a subject I previously knew very little about.Quite possibly the most comprehensive book written on The Maya to date It reads well both for a general audience and for scholarly readers I bought this on recommendation of one of my University lecturers in preparation for my honeymoon I always like to have a factual book on the go at the same time as a fiction and though books like this are generally oftenwork than pleasure, I must say that this was a pleasurable read as an introduction to a subject I previously knew very little about.Quite possibly the most comprehensive book written on The Maya to date It reads well both for a general audience and for scholarly readers I bought this on recommendation of one of my University lecturers in preparation for my honeymoon to Mexico because I had not studied Meso America either as part of my academic studies nor for pleasure.Coe has constructed a volume rich in illustration, description, plenty of maps, explanations that are easy on the eye and covering the sum total of Maya history from the earliest settlers to the European conquest He uses a backdrop that we from a European heritage would understand by putting it in context of world events It also looks at modern ideals of the Maya and how their culture permeates today.This is a superb introduction for any student of Maya history and Archaeology written by one of its foremost scholarsSeebook reviews at my blog

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    Coe gives a good overview of the Mayans Though he refers to the Mayans as one ethnic group, the book describes their great diversity, as might be expected from a people who lived across Guatemala, Belize, central Mexico, and the Yucatan Coe divides Mayan history into several periods, beginning with the Archaic 3,000 1,000 BCE and ending with the post Classic A.D 925 1500 with the Spanish invasion and conquest, the effect of which has been the obliteration or incorporation of Mayan cultu Coe gives a good overview of the Mayans Though he refers to the Mayans as one ethnic group, the book describes their great diversity, as might be expected from a people who lived across Guatemala, Belize, central Mexico, and the Yucatan Coe divides Mayan history into several periods, beginning with the Archaic 3,000 1,000 BCE and ending with the post Classic A.D 925 1500 with the Spanish invasion and conquest, the effect of which has been the obliteration or incorporation of Mayan culture Coe s last chapter summarizes how this practice continues to this day.The richness of this culture is seen in the Mayan ruins, particularly the ceremonial centers spread throughout this large area, but Coe s descriptions come acrossor less as a listing without much of an attempt to explain the reasons for them and their significance Given that the pre Columbian Mayan culture evolved totally void of contact with the cultures of Asia and Europe, it is interesting to speculate about what pre Columbian cultural practices religious beliefs and practices, etc reveal about human nature

  7. says:

    Pretty good read and a decent overview of the Maya It is profusely illustrated with photographs and line drawings, and a very good section on the calendar and the Long Count A big frustration with this book is that Coe will describe an architectural feature, or a piece of jade work, or a stela in terms that make the reader acknowledge its importance, but there s no picture He does this throughout the text and by the time I finished the book, I was ready to say good riddance The book is a Pretty good read and a decent overview of the Maya It is profusely illustrated with photographs and line drawings, and a very good section on the calendar and the Long Count A big frustration with this book is that Coe will describe an architectural feature, or a piece of jade work, or a stela in terms that make the reader acknowledge its importance, but there s no picture He does this throughout the text and by the time I finished the book, I was ready to say good riddance The book is around 200 pages did the author and or publisher skimp on illustrations Future editions should be expanded to include some sort of illustration to accompany portions of the narrative that Coe is using to emphasize a piece of art of a building

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    I m read this in preparation for the lecture I have to give on SAS this May, and I m very impressed with how thorough and accessible it is I also like that Coe is up front about what is unknown and or debatable, and gives differing opinions about controversial questions.

  9. says:

    Full of information albeit a bit dry I guess it is a very good book if once you knew it all and now need to look something up As a layman, I wish Paul B Johnson wrote a book on the Maya civilization.

  10. says:

    Interested in the Maya people of ancient Mesoamerica Great maps, timelines, and information that is easy to find through the index I ve used this as a quoted resource in 4 books that I ve written.

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