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Mesoamerican Writing Systems: Propaganda, Myth, and History in Four Ancient Civilizations

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Mesoamerican Writing Systems: Propaganda, Myth, and History in Four Ancient Civilizations

by Joyce Marcus

About this title: 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 ... read more

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