The Aztecs

New Horizons

The Aztecs

Rise and Fall of an Empire

  1. Serge Gruzinski
  2. Translated by Paul Bahn
  • ISBN 9780500300183
  • 17.70 x 12.50 cm
  • Paperback
  • 192pp
  • Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white
  • First published 1992
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The gruesome Aztec practice of mass human sacrifice horrified Cortés when he entered Tenochticlán in 1519. Yet these bloodthirsty warriors also created a refined socety, monumental architecture, powerful sculpture, magnificently illustrated codices, fine goldwork and brilliant feathered costumes. How did these contradictory aspects co-exist in one people?

From their early beginnings as nomads through their time as powerful empire builders to the period of Spanish rule, The Aztecs examines the complete history of this amazing culture.

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.