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Aztecs By Inga Clendinnen (La Trobe University, Victoria)

by Inga Clendinnen (La Trobe University, Victoria)

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In considering the culture of the Aztecs of Mexico it is impossible to ignore the extravagance of their practice of the ritual killing of humans. This book renders those killings intelligible through investigation of a wide field of social action (women, warriors, priests and commoners).
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Aztecs: An Interpretation by Inga Clendinnen (La Trobe University, Victoria)

Inga Clendinnen creates a vivid and dramatic picture of life in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, once the nerve centre of the Aztec tribute empire. She explores the worlds of Aztec women, of priests and of warriors, in an extraordinary recreation of everyday life in the city. Contrasting the beauty and sophistication of Aztec culture with the savagery of human sacrifice, she attempts to explain the philosophy, rituals, and social structures that underpinned this remarkable empire.

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Aztecs Reviews

'This is an outstanding books, as rich in its reconstruction of social details as in its lucid analyses of the 'interior architecture' of the Aztec world ... Clendinnen makes a wonderfully informative and illumiating contribution to our understanding of Aztec society. Her book deserves a wide readership.' The Higher
'There is no other book quite like this one. It is probably the best presentation of the Aztec people, their culture, and their city from the point of view of the Aztecs themselves.' Michael D. Coe, Yale University
'Professor Clendinnen, an eloquent writer, a brilliant historian, and a very creative thinker, has crafted an intelligent book that is both informative and truly engaging.' J. Jorge Klor de Alva, Princeton University
'Aztecs offers a gripping account of an alien society and thus enlarges our apprehension of the sheer diversity of human cultures. I am grateful for the opportunity to have read her book.' David Brading, London Review of Books

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Note; Epigraph; Introduction; Part I. The Place: 1. The city: time and place; 2. The city: integration and division; Part II. The People: 3. Victims; 4. Warriors, priests, merchants and makers; 5. The masculine self discovered; 6. Wives; 7. Mothers; 8. The female being revealed; Part III. The Sacred: 9. Art; 10. Artifacts; 11. Ritual Epilogue; 12. The city destroyed; A question of sources.

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Aztecs: An Interpretation by Inga Clendinnen (La Trobe University, Victoria)
Inga Clendinnen (La Trobe University, Victoria)
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