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Daily Life of the Aztecs

ISBN-10: 0486424855
ISBN-13: 9780486424859
Edition: 2002 (Unabridged)
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Description: Tireless speech-makers and lovers of verse, the ancient Aztecs used a pictographic system to keep records of their history, geography, and rituals. Many of these accounts were destroyed after the Spanish conquest; but fortunately, a few survived,  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Tireless speech-makers and lovers of verse, the ancient Aztecs used a pictographic system to keep records of their history, geography, and rituals. Many of these accounts were destroyed after the Spanish conquest; but fortunately, a few survived, including records kept by the invaders. This book by an international authority on Mexican archeology and sociology presents a vivid account of that profoundly religious Aztec warrior society-from its days as a primitive people, to the early 16th century when a powerful government ruled with great organizational ability and restless energy. A highly readable text, accompanied by rare illustrations, describes public buildings and market places, the problems of life in a great city-state, the ruling classes and living standards, religious beliefs, the everyday lives of people--from birth to death, and much more. Amazing in scope and detail, this volume will be invaluable to students of Mexican history and of interest to anyone fascinated by this ancient civilization. Unabridged republication of the edition published by the MacMillan Company, New York, 1962. 39 black-and-white illus.

Introduction
The City
Origin and situation
Extent and population
General appearance: roads and traffic
Public buildings, squares and market-places
The problems of a great city
Tenochtitlan as a young capital
Society and the State at the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century
The ruling class
The rising class of traders
The craftsmen
The common people
The slaves
Wealth and poverty: standards of living
The sovereign, the great dignitaries, the council
The World, Man and Time
A shifting, threatened world
Heaven and earth
Death and rebirth
Destinies and signs
An imperial religion
A Mexican's Day
The house, furniture and garden
Getting up, washing and dressing, clothes
Business, work, ceremonies
Meals
Games and amusements
The rhythm of day and night
From Birth to Death
Baptism
Childhood and youth, education
Marriage: family life
Sickness and old age
Death and the hereafter
War
The meaning of war
Casus belli
Chivalry
Conduct of war
Negotiations for peace
Civilised Life
Barbarism and civilisation
Self-control, good breeding, social order
The arts as a setting for life
The arts of language, music and dancing
The pronunciation of Aztec words
The eighteen months and the rites
Notes
Maps
Bibliography
Index

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