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Handbook to Life in the Aztec World / Edition 1

Handbook to Life in the Aztec World / Edition 1

by Manuel Aguilar-Moreno
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Since its violent dissolution in 1521, the Aztec Empire of Mexico has continually intrigued us. Recent discoveries resulting 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 scholars working throughout the region. Handbook to Life in the Aztec World gathers the results from recent archaeological discoveries and scholarly research into a single accessible volume. Organized thematically, the handbook covers all aspects of life in the Aztec world: Mesoamerican civilizations and Aztec archeology; evolution of Aztec civilization; geography of the Aztec world; society and government; religion, cosmology, and mythology; funerary beliefs and customs; Aztec art; Aztec architecture; Nahuatl literature; the calendar, astronomy, and mathematics; economy, industry, and trade; daily life; the Aztec after conquest and today. Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography, and more than 165 original line drawings, photographs, and maps complement the text. Handbook to Life in the Aztec World provides all the essential information required by anyone interested in Aztec history or culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195330830
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/03/2007
Series: Handbook to Life Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 626,177
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of Maps
List of Tables
Foreword John M.D. Pohl
Guide to Pronunciation and spelling of Nahuatl Terms
Ch. 1: Mesoamerican Civilizations and Aztec Archaeology
Ch. 2: Evolution of Aztec Civilization
Ch. 3: Geography of the Aztec World
Ch. 4: Society and Government
Ch. 5: Warfare
Ch. 6: Religion, Cosmology, and Mythology
Ch.7: Funerary Beliefs and Customs
Ch. 8: Aztec Art
Ch. 9: Aztec Architecture
Ch. 10: Nahuatl Literature
Ch. 11: The Calendar, Astronomy, and Mathematics
Ch. 12: Economy, Industry, and Trade
Ch. 13: Daily Life
Ch. 14: The Aztec After Conquest and Today
Main Museums Containing Aztec Collections
Aztec Poems

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