Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire

Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire : Myths and Prophecies in the Aztec Tradition

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"Like J. Eric Thompson, Carrasco has applied an informed imagination to identify some of the ways that ideas could lie behind material form."
- American Anthropologist

"A must for both professional and serious non-professional students in Mesoamerica. Those who are interested in complex society and urbanism in general, as well as students of comparative religion, will find it stimulating. Most importantly, for anyone interested in the history of ideas, the book illuminates the tremendously powerful impact and role of a complex deity/mythico-historical figure in shaping one of the world's great pristine civilizations."
- Queen's Quarterly
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Product details

  • Paperback | 298 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.02mm | 500g
  • Colorado, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised Edition
  • 087081558X
  • 9780870815584
  • 2,463,162

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"This book, rich in ideas, constituting a novel approach...represents a stimulating and provocative contribution to Mesoamerican studies...Recommended to all serious students of the New World's most advanced indigenous civilization."
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About David Carrasco

David Carrasco is director of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive, professor of history of religions at Harvard University, and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures. His works include Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage, Moctezuma's Mexico, Waiting for the Dawn, Aztec Ceremonial Landscapes (University Press of Colorado), and City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization (Beacon).
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