Aztecs : an interpretation


    • Clendinnen, Inga


Aztecs : an interpretation

Inga Clendinnen

(Canto classics)

Cambridge University Press, 2014

  • : pbk

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"First published 1991 ... Canto edition 1995 ... Canto classics edition 2014"--T.p. verso



In 1521, the city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent centre of the Aztec empire, fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies. Inga Clendinnen's account of the Aztecs recreates the culture of that city in its last unthreatened years. It provides a vividly dramatic analysis of Aztec ceremony as performance art, binding the key experiences and concerns of social existence in the late imperial city to the mannered violence of their ritual killings.


  • Introduction
  • Part I. The City: 1. Tenochtitlan: the public image
  • 2. Local perspectives
  • Part II. Roles: 3. Victims
  • 4. Warriors, priests and merchants
  • 5. The masculine self discovered
  • 6. Wives
  • 7. Mothers
  • 8. The female being revealed
  • Part III. The Sacred: 9. Aesthetics
  • 10. Ritual: the world transformed, the world revealed
  • Part IV: 11. Defeat
  • Epilogue
  • A question of sources
  • Monthly ceremonies of the seasonal calendar
  • The Mexica pantheon
  • Notes
  • Select bibliography
  • Index.

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