Handbook to Life in the Aztec World

Handbook to Life in the Aztec World

Paperback Handbook to Life

By (author) Manuel Aguilar-Moreno


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 191mm x 239mm x 28mm | 930g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195330838
  • ISBN 13: 9780195330830
  • Illustrations note: 73 halftones & line illus., 7 maps throughout
  • Sales rank: 805,083

Product description

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.

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Author information

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 ; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ; INTRODUCTION ; 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 ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX