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How to Read Maya Hieroglyphs

ISBN-10: 0781810205
ISBN-13: 9780781810203
Edition: N/A
Authors: John Montgomery
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Book details

Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 378
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Map of the Maya World
Pronunciation
Orthography
Conventions for Transcribing Maya Glyphs
T-Numbers
Abbreviations
History of Decipherment
Discovery Phase: Early Attempts
Initial Decipherments
The Age of Thompson
The Historical Phase of Decipherment
Phonetic Decipherment
The Basics
Organization
Types of Glyphs: Carved Versus Painted Forms
Types of Glyphs: Functional Forms
Types of Glyphs: Iconographic Forms
Types of Glyphs: Grammatical Forms
Polyvalent Signs
Selected Common Signs
Introduction to the Calendars: Numbers, Initial Series, and Long Count
Numbers
Systems of Time
Initial Series
Long Count
Summary
The Calendar Round
Tzolk'in
Ja'ab'
How the Calendar Round Works
The Initial Series: Putting Everything Together
The Supplementary and Other Series
Lords of the Night
Lunar Series
819-Day Count
Glyphs Y and Z
Putting It All Together
Period Endings and Distance Numbers
Period Endings
Distance Numbers
Suppression of Signs
Distance Numbers as Initial Series
Summary
Phoneticism in the Maya Script
Landa's "Alphabet"
Clues from the Codices
The Principle of Synharmony
Spelling Conventions
Morpho-syllables
Substitution Sets
The Syllabary
The Language of the Glyphs
Summary
Verbs, Verbal Inflection, and Grammatical Elements
How to Identify Verbs
Verbal Inflection
General Verbs
Ti Constructions
Summary
The Major Events
Birth
Heir Designation
Accession
House, Monument, and Object Dedications
Arrival and Departure
Appear, Emerge
Miscellaneous Actions
Contract, "Betrothal"
Get Drunk, Dance
Bloodletting and Sacrifice
War
Death
Burial
Names and Titles
Personal Name Clauses
Titles and Offices
Royal Names
Artists' Signatures and Titles
Relationships
Parentage Statements
Wife
Siblings and Other Relatives
Companions
Political Relationships
Summary
Locations and Objects
Directional and Color Glyphs
Emblem Glyphs
Titles of Origin
Toponyms
Names of Buildings
Monuments and Other Objects
Tribute
Summary
Gods and Supernaturals
"The Heavenly God, the Earthly God, All the Gods"
Lineage Founders
Vision Serpents
Way, Wayob'
The Pantheon of Major Gods
The Primary Standard Sequence
The Basic Formula
The Introductory or Presentation Phrase
Surface Treatment
Vessel Type
Vessel Contents
The Closure Phrase
Summary
Discourse and Structural Analysis: Putting It All Together
The Discourse Structure of Yaxchilan Stela 11
Multiple Episodes and Events
Establishing an Event Line
Discourse Structure on Piedras Negras Panel 3
Advanced Decipherment
Techniques of Structural and Comparative Analysis
Advanced Analysis: Calculations Into the Extreme Past
Problems in Decipherment: Looking Forward
How to Teach Yourself In Greater Depth
Yaxchilan Stela 11, Front, Lower Glyph Panel
Sample Texts and Practice Inscriptions
Easy
Difficult
A Guide to Hieroglyphic Resources
Internet Resources
Publication Series
Sources of Inscriptions
Annual Meetings
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
List of Plates
Index

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