Mayans, Greeks, Romans and Egyptians
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This paper shows how the Mayans as an ancient culture had many similarities with the cities of ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. The paper finds that all three societies were highly advanced in terms of art and science, all three built large cities and complex social structures before collapsing, and in all three cases, the civilizations were informed by other civilizations around them. The paper also discusses how religious views, based on fallible gods, goddess and mythic heroes, combined religion and a mythical history.
From the Paper:"In the 1830's, expeditions uncovered the ruins of the Maya cities to Western eyes. Based on these discoveries, the Mayan culture was compared to and the Ancient cultures of the
Mediterranean world, such as the societies of Egypt, Greece and Rome. For example, Frederick Catherwood and John Lloyd Stephens, combined together to produce the 19th century travel book, Incidents of Travel in the Yucatan (1842), written after a 1839 architectural expedition both men took. Catherwood studied architecture, drawing, painting, and classical architecture. He also traveled extensively in the Mediterranean area (Hammond, 1982). Given his education, it is not surprising that he compared the unfamiliar Mayan culture he explored with the ancient cultures he understood from his studies. For many scholars, writers and artists trying to decide or understand the Mayan culture, the ability to make this comparison allowed them to classify and help to explain the Mayan culture to themselves and others. Indeed, a comparison of the Mayan culture of the classical age with ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome yields many points of similarity."
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