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Ancient Kingdoms of Mexico

Ancient Kingdoms of Mexico - 82 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140135879

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ISBN13: 978-0140135879
ISBN10: 0140135871
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Edition/Copyright: 82
Publisher: Pelican Books
Published: 1982
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Ancient Kingdoms of Mexico - 82 edition

ISBN13: 978-0140135879

Nigel Davies

ISBN13: 978-0140135879
ISBN10: 0140135871
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 82
Publisher: Pelican Books

Published: 1982
International: No
Summary

This outstanding study spans four rich civilizations in ancient Mexico, from 1500 B.C. to the Spanish conquest soon after A.D.1500:

  • The Olmecs, hunters and farmers who worshipped the man-jaguar and became the first great carvers in stone and jade.
  • The culture of Teotihuacan, with its sumptuous palaces and gigantic Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon.
  • The Toltec dynasty, whose temples, wreathed with carvings of predatory beasts, serpents and warriors, testify to a new militaristic phase in Mexican history.
  • The Aztecs, fierce empire-builders whose gods demanded complex rituals and the blood of human sacrifice.

Writing for students, travellers and non-specialists, Nigel Davies puts these fascinating cultures into historical context. Drawing on the latest research, he discusses their arts, beliefs and customs, and their changing economic and political conditions, to build up a vivid picture of life in the kingdoms of ancient Mexico.

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Preface
Comparative Chronology

1. Beginnings
2. The Olmec Era
3. Teotihuacan: The Birth of the City
4. The World of Teotihuacan
5. Tula
6. The Toltec Era
7. The Rise and Fall of the Aztecs
8. The Aztec State
9. The Gods and Their Servants
10. The Sixth World

Appendix: Principal Archaeological Sites of Mexico
Select Bibliography
Index

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