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The Complete Illustrated History: Aztec & Maya (2004)

by Charles Phillips

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This lavishly illustrated, large format (9 x 11.6") paperback is a delight to read. Although Charles Phillips tends toward excessive cultural relativism, the incredibly bloodthirsty nature of the ancient Aztecs and Mayans is in no way diminished. Phillips even touches on the repulsion that Cortez and his Spaniards, no strangers to violence themselves, felt upon entering Teotihuacan.

The quality of the paper is revealed by the book's weight of nearly five pounds. In my opinion, this book is worth obtaining for the superb illustrations and photographs alone. ( )
  Rickmas | Feb 10, 2010 |
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Each year at spring and autumn equinox, people come in their thousands to the ruined Mexican City of Chichen Itza.
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The Complete Illustrated History
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Aztec & Maya

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The Greatest Civilizations of Ancient Central America with 1000 Photographs, Paintings and Maps

* Uncovers the rise and fall of the many different empires of Mexico and Central America - their political and military campaigns, their legends and myths, and their art, architecture and social history.

* Ground plans and detailed photographs explore over 20 magnificent and vitally important World Heritage sites, including Teotihuacan, Tenochtitlan, Chicen Itaz. Palenque, Tikal and Monte Alban.

* Surveys the region's mythology, including tales fo creation, earth and sky; legends of gods, goddesses and heroes; and stories of fertility, harvest and the after life.

Charles Phillips is a graduate of Oxford University and is an established historical writer, with a keen interests in the mythology and history of the great Maya and Aztec civilizations.
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Aztec & Maya: The Complete Illustrated History uncovers the rise and fall of the many different empires of Mexico and Central America--their political and military campaign, their legends and myths, and their art, architecture and social history. Ground plans and detailed photographs explore over 20 magnificent and vitally important World Heritage sites, including Teotihuacn, Tenochtitln, Chichn Itz, Palenque, Tikal and Monte Albn. The author also surveys the region's mythology, including tales of creation, earth and sky; legends of the gods, goddesses and heroes; and stories of fertility, harvest and the afterlife.… (more)

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