Smith, Michael E.

The Aztecs.


DKK 165,00

Words were important to the Aztecs, and we are fortunate today that many of their own words were preserved after the Spanish Conquest. Also preserved were examples of the Aztecs’ picture-writing as well as descriptions by Spanish conquerors and observers. These written sources have been available for four centuries, and many works on the Aztecs make use of them. But they are not the only window into the Aztec past. Words are not all that remain on earth. Paradoxically, the oldest information on the Aztecs is also the most recent to be discovered. That is the ruins of houses, temples, and towns that make up the archaeological record of Aztec civilization.

Blackwell Publishing, 2008.

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INDHOLD: List of fogures. – List of tables. – Guide to pronunciation and spelling. – The Aztecs of Mesoamerica. – Whi were the Aztecs? – Mesoamerican context. – The Aztec environment. – Sources of information. – Ethnohistory. – Archaeology. – Art history. – Astec studies today. – Reading a ritual codex. – The rise of Aztec civilization. – Timetables. – Pre-Aztec civilizations. – The Aztlan migrations. – The growth of city-states: The early Aztec period. – Tenochtitlan and empire: The late Aztec period. – Reading af historical codex. – People on the landscape. – How many Aztecs? – The Aztec diet. – Farming systems. – Rural settlements. – Artisans and their wares. – The commerical economy. – Marketplaces. – Merchants. – Money. – Material evidence for Aztec commerce. – Family and social class. – Growing up Aztec. – Adult life and social roles. – Social classes. – Commoners. – Nobles and their palaces. -City-state and empire. – Imperial strategies and control. – Mexica propaganda and the limits of empire. – Cities and urban planning. – City-state capitals. – Provincial cities and towns. – Creation, death, and the gods. – Temples and ceremonies. – Pirests. – Human blood offerings. – Public ceremonies. – Science and art. – Writing. – Clendars and astronomy. – Technology. – Medicine. – Art. – Literature and poetry. – Music and dance. – Glyphs fron the Codex Mendoza. – Final glory, conquest and legacy. – The final century 1428-1519. – Conquest by Spain. – The Nahuas under Spanish Rule. – Continuity and change. – The Aztec legacy. Modern Nahua Indian culture. – The Aztec past and the Mexican present. – A wider perspective.notes. – Glossary of Nahuatl terms. – References. – Index.- 2. edition. – 367 sider. – Illustreret. – Pænt eksemplar.