The World of the Ancient Maya

  • by John S. Henderson
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The ancient Maya were the only fully literate pre-Colombian people in the Americas. Superb scientists, they developed highly sophisticated mathematics and an intricate and accurate calendar system. Theirs was one of the few complex societies to emerge in and to adapt successfully to a tropical-forest environment. Their architecture, sculpture, and painting were sophisticated and compellingly beautiful. In this comprehensive survey, updated for this new edition, Henderson explores the entire Maya cultural tradition, from the earliest traces of settlement through the period of the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. His wide-ranging account treats diverse aspects of the Maya world, from religion and philosophy to the environments of the various Maya peoples, using deciphered Maya texts to reconstruct the ancient societies.

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What the Critics Say

"The best full-length, up-to-date overview of Maya archaeology available today." (Choice)
"A superb, panoramic view of the entire history and extent of Maya culture....This book...could be taken as a model of its kind." (Art Book Review)

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Not for the layman

I was interested in this title because I visited Tikal and Copan recently. I was hoping for more general knowledge on the Mayan culture. This is much more for specialists. It almost seems like a doctoral dissertation. Unless you find comparing and contrasting stelae from the late pre-classical period to those of the late classical period fascinating, avoid this. It will put you to sleep. The reader has a very dry, academic tone that just makes this a completely joyless listen. Too much work for too little useful, interesting knowledge.
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- Jim

A little boring

I was looking for something that talked about the Mayan Culture and explained it in a way that let you understand it. However, this one was mundane and while it was insightful, and gave alot of information, the reader sounded even bored at times with the information.
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- J. Clapp

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.