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The World's Greatest Civilizations: The History and Culture of the Aztec
 
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The World's Greatest Civilizations: The History and Culture of the Aztec [Kindle Edition]

Charles River Editors

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*Includes over 20 pictures of Aztec art, ruins, and more.
*Describes daily life for the Aztecs, including their infamous human sacrifice rituals.
*Includes a Table of Contents for 7 chapters on different aspects of the Aztec Empire and culture.

From the moment Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes first found and confronted them, the Aztecs have fascinated the world, and they continue to hold a unique place both culturally and in pop culture. Nearly 500 years after the Spanish conquered their mighty empire, the Aztecs are often remembered today for their major capital, Tenochtitlan, as well as being fierce conquerors of the Valley of Mexico who often engaged in human sacrifice rituals.

Ironically, and unlike the Mayans, the Aztecs are not widely viewed or remembered with nuance, in part because their own leader burned extant Aztec writings and rewrote a mythologized history explaining his empire’s dominance less than a century before the Spanish arrived. Naturally, Cortes and other Spaniards depicted the Aztecs as savages greatly in need of conversion to Catholicism. While the Mayans are remembered for their astronomy, numeral system, and calendar, the Aztecs have primarily been remembered in a far narrower way, despite continuing to be a source of pride to Mexicans through the centuries.

As a result, even though the Aztecs continue to interest people across the world centuries after their demise, it has fallen on archaeologists and historians to try to determine the actual history, culture, and lives of the Aztecs from the beginning to the end, relying on excavations, primary accounts, and more. The World’s Greatest Civilizations: The History and Culture of the Aztecs looks at this whole story, in an attempt to portray the Aztecs as they actually were. Along with pictures of Aztec art and ruins, this book describes the Aztecs’ lives, religion, art, cities, and empire, in an attempt to better understand the once dominant civilization.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 996 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080RFD9I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book April 10 2013
By Braden Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best books I have read. You should read it if I could I would give it a 200 out of 200
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting but a few flaws May 8 2014
By C. D. Varn - Published on Amazon.com
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This book focuses on a lot of the sensational aspects of Mexica culture. It is a good introduction and does list a lot of the standardly known facts--indications of cannibalism, the scope of the empire, the complexity of the architecture and agricultural practices. Still it lingers of the human sacrifice a bit much and repeats things that recent scholarship has made controversial. For example the claim that Aztecs claimed the king Montezuma II thought that Cortes was the plumed serpent God. Recent scholarship indicates that could have been a creole legend and not of native Mexica origin. Still it is a decent introduction.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Jan. 6 2013
By Jacob Avila - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gave me a lot of information about the Aztecs (P.S my ancestors). I wish it would never end

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