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Royal Courts, Hierarchy, and Change: Monumental Perspectives on the Classic Maya Political Community

February 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm Eastern Time

Rye Free Reading Room
1061 Boston Post Rd
Rye, NY 10580 United States

AIA Society: Westchester

Lecturer: Sarah E. Jackson

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.

Borowski Lecture


February 21, 2021
2:00 pm
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Peter Feinman, President, IHARE


Rye Free Reading Room
1061 Boston Post Rd
Rye, NY 10580 United States
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