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City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization

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At an excavation of the Great Aztec Temple in Mexico City, amid carvings of skulls and a dismembered warrior goddess, David Carrasco stood before a container filled with the decorated bones of infants and children. It was the site of a massive human sacrifice, and for Carrasco the center of fiercely provocative questions: If ritual violence against humans was a profound necessity for the Aztecs in their capital city, is it central to the construction of social order and the authority of city states? Is civilization built on violence?

In City of Sacrifice,Carrasco chronicles the fascinating story of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, investigating Aztec religious practices and demonstrating that religious violence was integral to urbanization; the city itself was a temple to the gods. That Mexico City, the largest city on earth, was built on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, is a point Carrasco poignantly considers in his comparison of urban life from antiquity to modernity.

Majestic in scope, City of Sacrifice illuminates not only the rich history of a major Meso american city but also the inseparability of two passionate human impulses: urbanization and religious engagement. It has much to tell us about many familiar events in our own time, from suicide bombings in Tel Aviv to rape and murder in the Balkans.

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Davíd L. Carrasco is professor of history of religions at Princeton University. Author and editor of many books, he is editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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ISBN:
9780807046432
Author:
Carrasco, David L.
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Carrasco, David
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Religion and mythology
Subject:
Human sacrifice
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Subject:
Civilization
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
December 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.4 x 0.5 in 0.7 lb

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History and Social Science » Archaeology » Aztecs
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History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
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