Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
This lecture explores the Classic Maya royal court and its members, through a focus on three carved stone monuments that depict various aspects of the court and its members. The royal court developed as a full-fledged institution within the context of the at-times tumultuous years of the Late Classic period (ca. AD 600-900), and research on its members and their roles reveal a strategically dynamic institution that was a productive locus of influence and power. The iconographic and hieroglyphic data explored in this talk shed light on the court as a political community, highlight the ways that this institution was variable and adaptable, and aid in identifying cultural metaphors that framed Maya understandings of the court.
Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:
Jackson, Sarah E.
2013 Politics of the Maya Court: Hierarchy and Change in the Late Classic Period. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.