During the first millennium A.D., one of the world's great civilizations appeared in the dense jungles of Mesoamerica. At the center of this world was the city of Tikal.
Sprawling over twenty-five square miles, Tikal prospered from trade and military triumphs. Its rulers used that wealth to build some of the largest stone pyramids ever seen in the Americas.
The is the story of this great city—from its humble beginnings, through its wars, to its "golden age." Tikal illuminates the Maya world in all its grandeur, blood, glory, and genius.