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Professor Marc Zender

Professor Marc Zender
  • Ph.D., University of Calgary
  • Tulane University
The invention and development of writing is a fascinating subject; it sheds light on human ingenuity, complexity, and even on civilization itself.
Dr. Marc Zender is Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University and a research associate in Harvard University’s Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions Program. He earned his Honors B.A. in Anthropology from The University of British Columbia and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary. Professor Zender has published extensively on Mesoamerican languages and writing systems, especially those of the Maya and Aztecs (Nahuatl). He has done archaeological and epigraphic fieldwork throughout Mexico and Central America and currently works as an epigrapher for both the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project and the Proyecto ArqueolÛgico de Comalcalco in Tabasco, Mexico. Professor Zender is the coauthor of Reading Maya Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Maya Painting and Sculpture. He is the director of Precolumbia Mesoweb Press, an associate editor of The PARI Journal, and a contributing editor to Mesoweb, a major Internet resource for the study of Classic Maya civilization. His research has been featured in several documentaries on The History Channel and by the BBC. As a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in anthropology at Harvard from 2004 to 2011, Professor Zender was a seven-time recipient of the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. He also received the distinguished Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.
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"Professor Zender brings a joyful enthusiasm to the lectures and is so adept at drawing the audience into the material."

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18 Courses and Sets

  1. Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity Sale

    Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity

    Marc Zender
    4.5 out of 5
    89% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (56)
    Save up to $195.00 Starting at $24.95 $59.95 $24.95$59.95
    The written word is so central to the way we communicate and live that it can seem as if it has always existed. Yet writing is clearly a human invention—and a relatively recent one at that. Now, in the 24 lectures of Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity, you can trace the remarkable saga of “visible speech” from its earliest origins to its future in the digital age. In this...
  2. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    2.9 out of 5
    30% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (10)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $29.95 $29.95 $29.95$29.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  3. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.8 out of 5
    50% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (4)
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $29.95 $29.95 $29.95$29.95
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  4. (Set) Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity & History of the English Language, 2nd Edition  Set on sale

    (Set) Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity & History of the English Language, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $500.00 Starting at $53.90 $129.90 $53.90$129.90
    Learn the remarkable story of the development of the world’s writing systems and the history of the English language in this fascinating course set. First in Professor Marc Zender’s Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity, you explore how writing systems developed, the features they have in common, and how they were adopted and adapted by surrounding cultures. Then, in Professor...
  5. (Set)  Latin 101 & Writing and Civilization Set on sale

    (Set) Latin 101 & Writing and Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $487.00 Starting at $97.90 $142.90 $97.90$142.90
  6. (Set)  Writing and Civilization & History of the Ancient World Set on sale

    (Set) Writing and Civilization & History of the Ancient World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $623.00 Starting at $61.90 $151.90 $61.90$151.90
  7. (Set) Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity & Story of Human Language  Set on sale

    (Set) Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity & Story of Human Language

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $500.00 Starting at $53.90 $129.90 $53.90$129.90
    Take a fascinating tour through history to learn how written and spoken languages developed over thousands of years in this intriguing and enjoyable course set. First in Professor Marc Zender’s Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity, you explore how writing systems developed, the features they have in common, and how they were adopted and adapted by surrounding cultures. Then, in...
  8. (Set)  Writing and Civilization & Understanding Linguistics Set on sale

    (Set) Writing and Civilization & Understanding Linguistics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $500.00 Starting at $84.90 $129.90 $84.90$129.90
  9. (Set) Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity & The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins  Set on sale

    (Set) Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity & The Secret Life of Words: English Words and Their Origins

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $500.00 Starting at $53.90 $129.90 $53.90$129.90
    Get a delightful, informative survey in this course set of the world’s writing systems and the transformation of English across the centuries, from its Germanic origins to today’s cyber-communications. You first explore how an array of sophisticated writing systems developed, then were adopted and adapted by surrounding cultures, in Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity. Then,...
  10. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire Set on sale

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & The Persian Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $281.00 Starting at $48.90 $449.90 $48.90$449.90
  11. (Set) Maya to Aztec & Writing and Civilization Set on sale

    (Set) Maya to Aztec & Writing and Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $605.00 Starting at $66.90 $169.90 $66.90$169.90
    Decipher ancient writings with this set. First, in Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed, marvel at the advanced civilizations that once shocked and baffled the world. Then, follow the development of writing as it cropped up around the world in Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity.
  12. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set on sale

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $346.00 Starting at $53.90 $53.90 $53.90$53.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  13. (Set) English in America & Writing and Civilization Set on sale

    (Set) English in America & Writing and Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $366.00 Starting at $37.90 $88.90 $37.90$88.90
    This two-course set reveals fascinating insights into our language—and the world-changing development of written language. Start with English in America: A Linguistic History to witness the evolution of dialects in America into American English. Then trace the remarkable saga of the invention of “visible speech,” from its earliest origins to its future in the digital age, with Writing and Civilization.
  14. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same Set on sale

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & World Was Never the Same

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $379.00 Starting at $70.90 $629.90 $70.90$629.90
  15. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set on sale

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $415.00 Starting at $84.90 $84.90 $84.90$84.90
  16. (Set) Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs & Writing and Civilization Set on sale

    (Set) Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs & Writing and Civilization

    Marc Zender
    Save up to $400.00 Starting at $88.90 $124.90 $88.90$124.90
    Communication is central to civilizations and this two-course set will open the door into the oldest forms of writing. Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs will teach you how to decipher the curious symbols of ancient Egypt, unlocking clues about history like never before. Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity will trace the remarkable saga of the invention and evolution of “visible...
  17. (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ Set on sale

    (Set) The Joy of Ancient History & Foundations of Western Civ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $342.00 Starting at $57.90 $539.90 $57.90$539.90
  18. (Set) Language and Society & Writing and Civilization Set on sale

    (Set) Language and Society & Writing and Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $418.00 Starting at $44.90 $106.90 $44.90$106.90
    Follow the fascinating story of language with this set. First, see how the words that you speak influence the way that you are perceived in society. Then, follow the history of writing from the very first written words to modernity.
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