Wheelers Books
Aztec and Maya: An Illustrated History: The definitive chronicle of the ancient peoples of Central America and Mexico - including the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Mixtec, Toltec and Zapotec
  

Aztec and Maya: An Illustrated History: The definitive chronicle of the ancient peoples of Central America and Mexico - including the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Mixtec, Toltec and Zapotec (Hardback)

By Phillips, Charles
Read by Jones, David

  • RRP: $64.99
  • $51.99
  • Save $13.00
  • Pub Date
    5 Nov 19

An enthralling reference to the architecture, art, religion, myths and everyday life of the Aztec and Maya civilizations, in a new edition with 1000 images.

ISBN 9780754834731
Release Date 5 November 2019 by Anness Publishing
Format Hardback
Availability
Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 5 Nov 2019

... view full title details below.

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9780754834731
ISBN-10 0754834735
Stock Release date is 5 November 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 5 Nov 2019
Publisher Anness Publishing
Imprint Lorenz Books
Release Date 5 November 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Phillips, Charles
Read by Jones, David
Category World History: C 500 To C 1500
American History
Number of Pages 512
Dimensions Width: 216mm
Height: 282mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Aztecs - History, Mayas - History, Olmecs - History, Mixtec Indians - History, Toltecs - History
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 972.018
Catalogue Code 984611

Description of this Book

The definitive chronicle of the ancient peoples of Central America & Mexico - including the Aztec, Maya, Olmec, Mixtec, Toltec and Zapotec In a sumptuous new large-format edition, this wide-ranging reference book covers almost 3000 years of history, offering enthralling insights into the art and architecture, myths and legends, and everyday life of the many different empires of Central America and Mexico. Stories of sun-gods and blood sacrifice, of pyramids and temples, and of the fabulous treasuries filled with gold have fascinated many generations. This book unravels the true facts behind the stories and looks at how myth and legends can tell us much about the cult of war in these pre-industrial nations. The magnificent architectural and cultural achievements of a succession of Mesoamerican peoples - the Olmecs, Maya, Zapotecs, Toltecs, Mixtec and Aztecs - cover almost 3000 years. These achievements range from the temple-pyramids and colossal stone carvings of the Olmecs to the awe-inspiring cities, vast trading networks and complex religious societies of the Aztecs and Maya. The World Heritage sites of historic Mexico City and Tenochtitla n, Teotihuaca n, Chiche n Itza , Tikal and Monte Alba n, are examined giving life to the civic, military and everyday world of the time. Archaeological finds and surviving documents provide intriguing insights into astronomy, the development of calendars, mathematics, writing and the arts. They also reveal a grim commitment to war and a savage religious devotion to gods who demanded the blood of human sacrifice. Pottery and textiles, carvings, mosaics, and gold and metalwork show the technological innovations of these pre-industrial civilizations. Superbly illustrated throughout, with more than 1000 colour photographs, artworks, maps and plans, the book reveals every aspect of the history of these lost civilizations. This unrivalled volume is not only a perfect introduction to the subject but also a stunning visual record of a fascinating period that has helped to shape our world.

^ top

Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This is a book that gets to the heart of the Maya and Aztec civilisations. It stands head and shoulders above others in the way the ancient world has been simplified and brought to life with a clear, concise text backed by thoughtfully chosen illustrations. It is a thoroughly readable account and reference work. Tony Morrison, author of Pathways to the Gods and photographer.
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

^ top

Author's Bio

Charles Phillips is an established historical writer with a keen interest in the mythology and history of the great Maya and Aztec civilizations. A graduate of Oxford University, he holds an MA from the University of Westminster, London. Charles was a key writer on Time Life's Myth and Mankind series, and is the author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Kings & Queens of Britain (also published by Lorenz Books). He has contributed to several illustrated histories, including The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Tartan, Cassell's Dictionary of Modern Britain, and the Chronicle of Britain. Dr David M Jones, consultant, studied Anthropology and History at the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained a PhD in the Archaeology of the Americas at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. Co-author of the Blue Guide Mexico, he wrote many articles on Mesoamerican and South American art for The Grove Dictionary of Art. He is the author of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Incas and the co-author of The Mythology of the Americas (both also published by Lorenz Books).

^ top