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The Aztecs By Richard F. Townsend (Curator of African and Amerindian Art, Art Institute of Chicago)

The Aztecs
by Richard F. Townsend (Curator of African and Amerindian Art, Art Institute of Chicago)

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Archaelogical discoveries are linked with monuments, codices and Spanish records, to present a portrait of the Aztecs which reconciles the contradictory aspects of their culture. Townsend considers the Spanish conquest and the rise of the Aztecs from humble nomads to empire builders.
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The Aztecs by Richard F. Townsend (Curator of African and Amerindian Art, Art Institute of Chicago)

The Aztecs have a reputation less as a civilizing force than as the barbaric practitioners of human sacrifice. Yet their achievements are impressive: within 100 years they established the largest empire in Central American history, and at Tenochtitlan actually built a city in a lake. Richard Townsend aims to present a rounded portrait of the Aztecs, reconciling the contradictory aspects of their culture. After considering the Spanish conquest, he charts the rise of the Aztecs from humble nomads to empire builders. He shows how human sacrifice was used as an instrument of terror, but was also believed to ensure fertility of the land and renewal of the seasons. Recent archaeological discoveries are interwoven with studies of monuments, Spanish records and illustrated codices in order to produce a comprehensive history of a remarkable people.

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Table of Contents


The search for the Aztecs; the conquest of Mexico; immigrants, settlers, and the first state; the climax of empire; Aztec religion and beliefs; the Aztec way of life; chronology of the Aztecs; major Aztec sites and museum collections.

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The Aztecs by Richard F. Townsend (Curator of African and Amerindian Art, Art Institute of Chicago)
Richard F. Townsend (Curator of African and Amerindian Art, Art Institute of Chicago)
Ancient Peoples and Places
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
1993-07-19
224
0500277206
9780500277201
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