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  1. City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization
    City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization
    City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization
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  2. 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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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
David Carrasco
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Brand: Beacon Press
EAN
9780807046432
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
0807046434
Label
Beacon Press
Manufacturer
Beacon Press
MPN
black & white illustrations
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
288
PartNumber
black & white illustrations
PublicationDate
2000-12-08
Publisher
Beacon Press
ReleaseDate
2000-12-08
Studio
Beacon Press
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