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“The Madrid Codex offers a new and nuanced understanding of one of the few surviving Maya hieroglyphic books, a porthole into the ancient Maya mind and a poignant reminder of how much was in a world now lost. [It is] a barrage of scholarship from leading scholars in everything from iconography to archaeoastronomy. . . . The Madrid Codex, on the basis of the impressive scholarship in every chapter of this book, now takes its place as a crucial document of this cultural ferment and fusion." —Antiquity

This volume offers new calendrical models and methodologies for reading, dating, and interpreting the general significance of the Madrid Codex. The longest of the surviving Maya codices, this manuscript includes texts and images painted by scribes conversant in Maya hieroglyphic writing, a written means of communication practiced by Maya elites from the second to the fifteenth centuries A.D. Some scholars have recently argued that the Madrid Codex originated in the Petén region of Guatemala and postdates European contact. The contributors to this volume challenge that view by demonstrating convincingly that it originated in northern Yucatán and was painted in the Pre-Columbian era. In addition, several contributors reveal provocative connections among the Madrid and Borgia group of codices from Central Mexico.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ixx-xxi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxiii-xxiv
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xxv-xxvi
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xxvii
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  1. Chapter 1: Research Methodologies and New Approaches to Interpreting the Madrid Codex
  2. pp. 1-30
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  1. Part 1: Provenience and Dating ofthe Madrid Codex
  2. p. 31
  1. Chapter 2: The Paper Patch on Page 56 ofthe Madrid Codex
  2. pp. 33-56
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  1. Chapter 3: Papal Bulls, Extirpators, and the Madrid Codex
  2. pp. 57-88
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  1. Chapter 4: Tayasal Origin of the Madrid Codex
  2. pp. 89-127
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  1. Part 2: Calendrical Models and Methodologies for Examining the Madrid Almanacs
  2. p. 129
  1. Chapter 5: Maya Calendars and Dates
  2. pp. 131-146
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  1. Chapter 6: Intervallic Structure and Cognate Almanacs in the Madrid and Dresden Codices
  2. pp. 147-170
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  1. Chapter 7: Haab Dates in the Madrid Codex
  2. pp. 171-214
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  1. Chapter 8: A Reinterpretation of Tzolk’in Almanacs in the Madrid Codex
  2. pp. 215-252
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  1. Part 3: Connections Among the Madrid and Borgia Group Codices
  2. p. 253
  1. Chapter 9: In Extenso Almanacs in the Madrid Codex
  2. pp. 255-276
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  1. Chapter 10: The Inauguration of Planting in the Borgia and Madrid Codices
  2. pp. 277-320
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  1. Chapter 11: “Yearbearer Pages” and Their Connection to Planting Almanacs in the Borgia Codex
  2. pp. 321-364
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  1. Part 5: Overview: The Madrid Codex in the Context of Mesoamerican Traditions
  2. p. 365
  1. Chapter 12: Screenfold Manuscripts of Highland Mexico and Their Possible Influence on Codex Madrid
  2. pp. 367-413
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 415-426
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870818615
Related ISBN
9780870819391
MARC Record
OCLC
651746792
Pages
456
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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