The Resource Mesoamerican writing systems : propaganda, myth, and history in four ancient civilizations, Joyce Marcus

Mesoamerican writing systems : propaganda, myth, and history in four ancient civilizations, Joyce Marcus

Label
Mesoamerican writing systems : propaganda, myth, and history in four ancient civilizations
Title
Mesoamerican writing systems
Title remainder
propaganda, myth, and history in four ancient civilizations
Statement of responsibility
Joyce Marcus
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This 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."--Jacket
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committed to retain for EAST
Cataloging source
DLC
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Marcus, Joyce
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F1219.3.W94
LC item number
M37 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Indians of Mexico
  • Mayan languages
  • Names, Indian
  • Names, Mayan
  • Indians of Mexico
  • Mayas
  • Ethnohistory
  • Ethnohistory
  • Indios de México
  • Indios de México
  • Mayas
  • Mayas
  • Mayas
  • Etnohistoria
  • Etnohistoria
  • Ethnohistory
  • Indians of Mexico
  • Indians of Mexico
  • Mayan languages
  • Mayas
  • Names, Indian
  • Names, Mayan
  • Precolumbiaans tijdperk
  • Propaganda
  • Beeldvorming
  • ÍNDIOS
  • POLÍTICA INDIGENISTA
  • MAIAS (POLÍTICA)
  • ETNOHISTÓRIA
  • ESCRITA (LINGÜÍSTICA)
  • ARQUEOLOGIA MESOAMERICANA
  • Ethnohistoire
  • Écriture maya
  • Mayas
  • Indiens d'Amérique
  • Mayas
  • Central America
  • Mexico
Label
Mesoamerican writing systems : propaganda, myth, and history in four ancient civilizations, Joyce Marcus
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 465-487) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Euhemerism and Royal Ancestors
  • Accession to the Throne
  • Raiding and Warfare
  • An Anthropological Theory of Mesoamerican Writing
  • Truth, Propaganda, and Noble Speech
  • The Evolutionary Context of Early Writing
  • Mesoamerica's Four Major Writing Systems: The Ethnohistoric Background
  • Not One Calendar, but Many
  • Rewriting History
  • Place Names and the Establishment of Political Territories
  • The Naming of Nobles
  • Royal Marriages
Dimensions
25 x 27 cm
Extent
xxii, 495 pages
Isbn
9780691094748
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92009091
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25549355
  • (OCoLC)ocm25549355
Label
Mesoamerican writing systems : propaganda, myth, and history in four ancient civilizations, Joyce Marcus
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 465-487) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Euhemerism and Royal Ancestors
  • Accession to the Throne
  • Raiding and Warfare
  • An Anthropological Theory of Mesoamerican Writing
  • Truth, Propaganda, and Noble Speech
  • The Evolutionary Context of Early Writing
  • Mesoamerica's Four Major Writing Systems: The Ethnohistoric Background
  • Not One Calendar, but Many
  • Rewriting History
  • Place Names and the Establishment of Political Territories
  • The Naming of Nobles
  • Royal Marriages
Dimensions
25 x 27 cm
Extent
xxii, 495 pages
Isbn
9780691094748
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
92009091
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)25549355
  • (OCoLC)ocm25549355

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