CONVO: Life & Death in the Ancient Maya City


CONVO: Life & Death in the Ancient Maya City

Posted by Centre News in Convocations 02 Nov 2017
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Date(s) - 11/02/2017
7:30 pm

Young Hall - Auditorium (Room 113)


Life and Death in the Ancient Maya City
Mary Miller, Sterling Professor of the History of Art at Yale, and Centre’s Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar for 2017-2018 will be the speaker. What was the purpose of an ancient Maya city? How did it enshrine both the practices of the living, and the veneration of the dead? In this talk, Maya architecture will come to life, in both palaces and pyramids, alongside the open spaces for markets and performances. Rulers and servants, men and women, dwarves and children, all played roles in the city, eventually to be interred within city foundations. Archaeological remains at some of the most monumental of Maya cities, particularly Copan, Tikal, and Palenque, will be evaluated in light of the cities’ achievements and the lifeways of their people.