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The Aztecs Rise and Fall of an Empire

by Serge Gruzinski, Paul Bahn

Part of the New Horizons Series

The Aztecs Rise and Fall of an Empire Synopsis

The gruesome Aztec practice of mass human sacrifice horrified Cortes when he entered Tenochticlan in 1519. Yet these bloodthirsty warriors also created a refined society, monumental architecture, powerful sculpture, magnificently illustrated codices, fine goldwork and brilliant feathered costumes. How did these contradictory aspects co-exist in one people? The richly illustrated text is supplemented by contemporary documents including evidence on Aztec myths, social organization, trade, the arts, human sacrifice, the conquest, the continuation of Aztec religion after Christianity and the fate of the Indian population today.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780500300183
Publication date: 21st September 1992
Author: Serge Gruzinski, Paul Bahn
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 192 pages
Categories: History of the Americas, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500,

About Serge Gruzinski, Paul Bahn

Serge Gruzinski was a French historian of Latin America. Paul Bahn is co-author of Thames & Hudson's bestselling Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice, and author of Images of the Ice Age, widely regarded as the standard introduction to cave art.

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