Fall of the empire

The Mayan Empire existed for 4,000 years, from 2500 BC to 1500 AD, and it spanned five modern-day countries—Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize. Mayan civilization made significant strides in astronomy, agriculture and architecture, and it prided itself on its colorful art and skilled artisans. By the end of their reign, however, the Mayans turned to self-destructive money-hoarding, power-grabbing and environment abuse.

Apocalypto, directed and co-written by Mel Gibson, focuses on the last days of the Mayans, when famine and disease wiped out huge numbers and a desperate search for survival and immortality led people to horrific acts that guaranteed their doom.


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