History And Mythology Of The Aztecs

History And Mythology Of The Aztecs

Description

One of the great documents of colonial Mexico, the Codex Chimalpopoca chronicles the rise of Aztec civilization and preserves the mythology on which it was based. Its two complementary texts, Annals of Cuauhtitlan and Legend of the Suns, record the pre-Cort├ęsian history of the Valley of Mexico together with firsthand versions of that region's myths. Of particular interest are the stories of the hero-god Quetzalcoatl, for which the Chimalpopoca is the premier source. John Bierhorst's work is the first major scholarship on the Codex Chimalpopoca in more than forty years. His is the first edition in English and the first in any language to include the complete text of the Legend of the Suns. The precise, readable translation not only contributes to the study of Aztec history and literature but also makes the codex an indispensable reference for Aztec cultural topics, including land tenure, statecraft, the role of women, the tribute system, warfare, and human sacrifice.


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Details

Author(s)
John Bierhorst
Format
Paperback | 238 pages
Dimensions
151.64 x 229.62 x 15.24mm | 367.41g
Publication date
30 Jun 1998
Publisher
University of Arizona Press
Publication City/Country
Tucson, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
2nd ed.
Illustrations note
Illustrations, black and white
ISBN10
0816518866
ISBN13
9780816518869
Bestsellers rank
1,160,144