Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs

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Thames and Hudson, 1994 - History (South and Central America) - 215 pages
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Michael D. Coe's Mexico has long been recognized as the most readable and authoritative introduction to the region's ancient civilizations. Now this companion volume to Professor Coe's bestselling The Maya has been completely revised and expanded for the fourth edition. Enlarged sections are included on early village life and the rise of Olmec civilization. Extraordinary recent discoveries - such as the stela from La Mojarra inscribed in the mysterious Isthmian script or the mass sacrifice of 200 victims at Teotihuacan - receive full coverage. A new chapter on Aztec life and society has also been added, based on fresh readings of the ethnohistorical sources. Despite the cataclysm of the Spanish Conquest and ensuing epidemics, the native peoples of Mexico survived through the Colonial period. Describing their heroic struggle in a new Epilogue, the author makes clear just how much the character of modern Mexico derives from its Pre-Columbian past.

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User Review  - Mei-Lu - Goodreads

After reading Charles C. Mann's fantastic 1491: New revelations of the Americas before Columbus, I became very curious about Pre-Columbian history so I bought a small selection of books on the topic ... Read full review

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Excellent overview. Will retain for review and reference. Read full review

About the author (1994)

Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University Rex Koontz teaches art history at the University of Houston

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