Embodying the kingly persona : ephemerality and memory in Temple 18 of Copan

dc.contributor.advisorStuart, David, 1965en
dc.contributor.advisorGuernsey, Julia, 1964en
dc.creatorMadsen, Alexandra Isabelen
dc.creator.orcid0000-0001-5097-0433en
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-21T14:29:47Z
dc.date.available2016-06-21T14:29:47Z
dc.date.issued2016-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2016
dc.date.updated2016-06-21T14:29:47Z
dc.description.abstractThis thesis analyzes a late Classic temple located in the southern reaches of the Maya world. Temple 18, the subject of this study, occupied Copan’s acropolis, positioned between the site’s ceremonial center and residence of the final king, Yax Pasaj Chan Yopaat. Temple 18 was the last construction at the site of Copan, and in many ways reflects the increasing turmoil at the site and surrounding areas. In this thesis I explore the temple’s importance within Copan and larger Mesoamerica to better understand its position, layout and function as a funerary crypt. I seek to comprehend the temple’s iconographic message, both historical and mythical, seen in the inclusion of military and maize imagery. I rely on iconographic analysis, spatial analysis, and archaeological and epigraphic data to understand its importance and nuances. I argue that Temple 18 legitimized Yax Pasaj’s rule, and ultimately served as an extension of the kingly persona; Temple 18 memorialized the last’s king’s rule, permanently interring his presence in Copan’s landscape.en
dc.description.departmentArt Historyen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2GF0MW2Zen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/38205en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectMesoamericaen
dc.subjectCopanen
dc.subjectTemple 18en
dc.subjectMayaen
dc.titleEmbodying the kingly persona : ephemerality and memory in Temple 18 of Copanen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.type.materialtexten
thesis.degree.departmentArt Historyen
thesis.degree.disciplineArt historyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
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