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Antonia E. Foias

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044224

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044224.001.0001

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The Flow and Use of Power

The Flow and Use of Power

The Micro Scale of Political Analysis

(p.165) 6 The Flow and Use of Power
Ancient Maya Political Dynamics

Antonia E. Foias

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the microscale of political analysis by considering how individuals, households, factions, power blocs, and communities participate in the politics of the Classic period. The topics examined are: the foundations of political power, the role of authority and legitimacy, claims to power, discourses of power, the existence and role of councils, the political power of commoners, and the rituals of politics depicted in Maya art in public stone monuments, in portable polychrome vessels, and in small figurines.

Keywords:   Classic Maya, political power, authority, stone monuments, polychrome pottery, figurines, public transcript, hidden transcript, commoners

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