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Anne CassidyThe Codex Borgia is one of the most important works of art to have survived the conquest of Mexico, and the enigmatic middle chapter that Milbrath is interpreting is the most beautiful and least understood part of the codex. There's very little published about this chapter in any language, much less English. . . . Her argument that the middle chapter combines a record of a particular solar year's astronomical events, human ritual events, and earthly natural history (weather, pests, crops) is a beautiful idea that might be correct. Even if it isn't correct, it is worth thinking about because it throws a new light from a new angle on some old hoary theory. It throws a lot of other assumptions about the Codex Borgia into question, which is always exciting. It's the synthesis and the overarching interpretation of that middle passage that make this book beautiful and valuable.
— Anne Cassidy, Associate Professor of Art History, Carthage College