Народы Азии, Африки, Америки, Австралии

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The Aztecs

Автор: Richard F. Townsend
Год: 2009
Издание: Thames and Hudson
Страниц: 256
ISBN: 9780500287910
From their remote origins as migrating tribes to their rise as builders of empire, the Aztecs were among the most dynamic and feared peoples of ancient Mexico. This fully revised edition of Richard Townsend's masterly study presents an expanded view of their history and cultural achievement and includes color plates for the first time. The book now begins with a vivid evocation of the coronation rites of a new emperor, conveying the richness and diversity of Aztec civilization. Greater weight is given to the influence of preceding cultures at Teotihuacan, Xochicalco and Tula. Remarkable new discoveries are described, especially the twelve-ton monolith of the goddess Tlaltecuhtli found in the Great Pyramid precinct. A breakthrough in hieroglyphic decipherment reveals that many phonetic elements combine with pictographic forms in Aztec script, recalling conventions of Classic Maya writing. This new edition ends with the conquest of Tenochtitlan by Spanish and Indian allies,...
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