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Old August 14th, 2007, 06:34 PM   #1
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New thread, I'm sure, but: there was a Mayan library???

I too mourn the Library at Alexandria.

I think that would be a great television drama; get some characters and story lines going set in the hey day of the Library.
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New thread, I'm sure, but: there was a Mayan library???

I too mourn the Library at Alexandria.

I think that would be a great television drama; get some characters and story lines going set in the hey day of the Library.
Yes but it was destroyed by the Spanish. One of the few surviving books is the Dresden Codex
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I think that would be a great television drama; get some characters and story lines going set in the hey day of the Library.
It would probably be axed because people just aren't interested in history. All they want is sex, sex, sex Probably why Rome was such a big hit
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New thread, I'm sure, but: there was a Mayan library???
Yes, although, as far as I know, none like the Library of Alexandria.

The Nahuatl cultures (Aztec, Toltec etc) were, in general, more educated, and in fact had universal compulsory education in the telpochcalli schools, plus universities or colleges of a sort (the calmecac) which turned out the leaders of the society. Of these groups, the most highly invested in education and learning was the city of Texcoco, one of the chief partners in the Triple Alliance (Aztecs). Texcoco supposedly had a famous library with a vast collection of writings considerably pre-dating the Aztec phase of Nahuatl civilization, probably including a large number of Toltec works.
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New thread, I'm sure, but: there was a Mayan library???

I too mourn the Library at Alexandria.

I think that would be a great television drama; get some characters and story lines going set in the hey day of the Library.
Yes, the Mayan library are the numerous scripts carved in stone in the numerous Mayan temples. The information contained there has been so useful for archeologists and decoders that Mayan history has been reconstructed from there.
There was also a body of ancient books, most of which were burn by the Spaniards, though. No matter four pieces survived. What is known from the surviving books is that they preserved rituals and studies related with the calendar.
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Yes, although, as far as I know, none like the Library of Alexandria.

The Nahuatl cultures (Aztec, Toltec etc) were, in general, more educated, and in fact had universal compulsory education in the telpochcalli schools, plus universities or colleges of a sort (the calmecac) which turned out the leaders of the society. Of these groups, the most highly invested in education and learning was the city of Texcoco, one of the chief partners in the Triple Alliance (Aztecs). Texcoco supposedly had a famous library with a vast collection of writings considerably pre-dating the Aztec phase of Nahuatl civilization, probably including a large number of Toltec works.
What were the books written on?
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Poetry, oratory, plays (of a sort) and philosophy, for the most part.

You can read a bit about their philosophy here:

http://www.iep.utm.edu/aztec/

I suspect George Lucas lifted quite a bit from it. It has a touch of Epicureanism to it too.
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Amate paper. A kind of paper invented in Mesoamerica.
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Amate paper. A kind of paper invented in Mesoamerica.

Thanks. I'll research amate paper.
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