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An Interpretation


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  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107693562

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  • In 1521, the city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent centre of the Aztec empire, fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies. Inga Clendinnen's account of the Aztecs recreates the culture of that city in its last unthreatened years. It provides a vividly dramatic analysis of Aztec ceremony as performance art, binding the key experiences and concerns of social existence in the late imperial city to the mannered violence of their ritual killings.

    • Offers a fascinating study of Aztec culture in the years before it was conquered by the Spaniards
    • Provides vividly dramatic analysis of ceremony as performance art
    • A thought-provoking book that does not assume specialist knowledge
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a fascinating, thought-provoking book. Aztecs offers a gripping account of an alien society and thus enlarges our apprehension of the sheer diversity of human culture.' London Review of Books

    'This is an outstanding book …' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107693562
    • length: 574 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 137 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The City:
    1. Tenochtitlan: the public image
    2. Local perspectives
    Part II. Roles:
    3. Victims
    4. Warriors, priests and merchants
    5. The masculine self discovered
    6. Wives
    7. Mothers
    8. The female being revealed
    Part III. The Sacred:
    9. Aesthetics
    10. Ritual: the world transformed, the world revealed
    Part IV:
    11. Defeat
    A question of sources
    Monthly ceremonies of the seasonal calendar
    The Mexica pantheon
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  • Author

    Inga Clendinnen, La Trobe University, Victoria

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