Mexico From the Olmecs to the Aztecs

Michael D. Coe, Rex Koontz

Description

Michael D. Coe’s Mexico has long been recognized as the most readable and authoritative introduction to the region’s ancient civilizations. This companion to his best-selling The Maya has now been completely revised by Professor Coe and Rex Koontz.

The sixth edition includes new developments in the birth of agriculture and writing, both of which were independently invented here. Fresh insights into the metropolis of Teotihuacan reveal a world of palaces and warrior cults brought down by social revolts. A spectacular new find in the center of the Aztec capital, just unearthed, gives us a privileged glimpse into the funerary rites of the most powerful monarch in North America at the time.

Reviews

A pioneering synthesis.

— Antiquity

Compendious …the first history that puts the subject in its full geographical and climatic context.

— Times Literary Supplement

Fascinating reading…an accessible, informed and extremely well illustrated introductory book.

— Popular Archaeology

Contributors

Michael D. Coe

Author

Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. His books include The Maya, Mexico, Breaking the Maya Code, Angkor and the Khmer Civilization, and Reading the Maya Glyphs. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Rex Koontz

Author

Rex Koontz teaches art history at the University of Houston and has written widely on ancient Mexican art, architecture, and aesthetics.