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Lecture : Art of The Ancient Maya: Mythology, Science, Ritual, Iconography, Mathematics, Astronomy

11/01/2012, LIU Post Campus EventHillwood Art Museum, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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7:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Hillwood Art Museum

This talk presents an overview of the art of the ancient Maya and focuses on several key sites of the Maya world. The Maya inhabited what is now Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and the eastern regions of Mexico including Chiapas, Tabasco, and the Yucatan. The discussion will examine the art of the Maya related to epic stories recorded in their creation myth, The Popol Vuh. Ritual, iconography, science, language and epigraphy will be discussed. The Maya are credited with advanced sciences, astronomy and the invention of the earliest form of writing in the Americas. They incorporated this writing system into the artistic design of public monuments, utilitarian objects, temple murals and tomb art, thus revealing to us, a thoroughly comprehensive insight into the world of this very advanced civilization who experienced their high classic period in the Americas from 200-900 AD. These advanced star gazers had mastered a calendar that is very much the topic of discussion today. The significance of the year 2012 to the Maya will be discussed.

For more information, contact Dr. Catherine Larkin at 516-299-3504,

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