Handbook to Life in the Aztec World

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Ever since the violent end of the empire in 1521, the marvels and mysteries of Aztec Mexico have intrigued us. And in recent years, astounding discoveries from the excavation of the Templo Mayor in the heart of Mexico City have taught us even more about this fascinating culture. The increasing recognition that the achievements of Mesoamerican civilizations were among the most sophisticated of the ancient world has led to a demand for introductions to the basic methods and theories of archaeologists, art historians, and historians working throughout the region.

Gathering the results of recent archaeological discoveries and scholarly research into a single volume, Handbook to Life in the Aztec World unlocks the secrets of this great empire. Organized in a highly accessible format, it contains in-depth coverage of Aztec history, geography, foods, trades, arts, games, wars, political systems, class structure, religious practices, trading networks, writings, architecture, science, and more. Detailed descriptions and more than 165 original line drawings pair with high-quality photographs, maps, and tables to bring the Aztec world to life, making this volume a perfect addition to any personal collection, classroom, or library.

About the Author:
Manuel Aguilar-Moreno is Professor of Art History at California State University in Los Angeles

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Italian artist Giorgio Vasari was said to have first used the term Renaissance, meaning "rebirth," a flowing of knowledge. The movement began in Italy during the 1300s and spread through Europe until the 1600s, bringing about a period of scientific and artistic revolution and leaving an intellectual heritage still important today. Written by knowledgeable and reputable authors, both of these Facts On File resources allow students to explore the impact of this cultural revitalization. Sider (Renaissance art history, Cooper Union, New York) covers 12 aspects of the Renaissance, giving a compact description and explanation of each topic. Organized thematically, the entries vary in length from one to two paragraphs to a full page and cover geography, religion, art, architecture, language and literature, warfare, exploration, science, education, and daily life. The useful glossary describes over 185 terms, including numerous non-English words. The work also boasts 70 black-and-white illustrations and maps, listings of museums and other collections, a useful bibliography, a chronological chart, and an index. Since it is difficult to encompass such a large topic in so few entries, readers are bound to find omissions. Overall, however, this handbook is a good entry point to more in-depth study. Cook, who has written on Chaucer, Lorenzo de' Medici, and Petrarch, offers a unique guide to the works, writers, and concepts of Renaissance literature. In his own words, "this reference volume looks at literature written during the Renaissance epoch from an atypical perspective-a global one." Although the focus has always been on Europe and its literary transition, Cook boldly targets significant literary achievements at the time in other parts of the world. In more than 600 A-to-Z entries, he treats a wide variety of cultures and languages, including English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, and many more. Writers covered include Milton, Descartes, Dante, and Cervantes, among many others. Cook also investigates humanism, an important intellectual movement of the period. Other useful features include cross references, author time lines, and more. Bottom Line Both titles make for good introductory sources to the period, but more detailed resources are needed for serious research. Appropriate for public, high school, and undergraduate libraries.-Bobbie Wrinkle, McCracken Cty. P.L., Paducah, KY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816056736
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Series: Handbook to Life Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Manuel Aguilar-Moreno is Associate Professor of Art History at California State University in Los Angeles. A renowned expert on pre-Columbian civilizations and the colonial history of Mexico, Dr. Aguilar-Moreno has published on a wide range of subjects, including Mesoamerican art and history, colonial art and history in Mexico, funerary art, and the pre-Columbian ballgame.

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Table of Contents

1 Mesoamerican civilizations and Aztec archaeology 1
2 Evolution of Aztec civilization 27
3 Geography of the Aztec world 51
4 Society and government 73
5 Warfare 97
6 Religion, cosmology, and mythology 137
7 Funerary beliefs and customs 159
8 Aztec art 177
9 Aztec architecture 217
10 Nahuatl literature 261
11 The calendar, astronomy, and mathematics 289
12 Economy, industry, and trade 317
13 Daily life 351
14 The Aztec after the conquest and today 379
Main museums containing Aztec collections 401
Aztec poems 403
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