Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire

Myths and Prophecies in the Aztec Tradition

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by Davíd Carrasco

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"This book, rich in ideas, constituting a novel approach . . . represents a stimulating and provocative contribution to Mesoamerican studies. . . . Recommended to all serious students of the New World's most advanced indigenous civilization."

"[Carrasco] has significantly advanced our understanding of the complexities of Mesoamerican culture history, not least by demonstrating that there was a great deal more involved in religious belief than its purely iconic context."
American Historical Review

"The work of Carrasco, interesting and provocative, is conceived as a species of drama filled with literary signs."
Revista Interamericana de Bibliografia

"This book constitutes an interesting and challenging approach to the interpretation of Mesoamerican religion, urbanism, and archaeology."

"Like J. Eric Thompson, Carrasco has applied an informed imagination to identify some of the ways that ideas could lie behind material form."
American Anthropologist

"A must for both professional and serious non-professional students in Mesoamerica. Those who are interested in complex society and urbanism in general, as well as students of comparative religion, will find it stimulating. Most importantly, for anyone interested in the history of ideas, the book illuminates the tremendously powerful impact and role of a complex deity/mythico-historical figure in shaping one of the world's great pristine civilizations."
Queen's Quarterly


Davíd Carrasco is director of the Moses Mesoamerican Archive, professor of history of religions at Harvard University, editor of UPC's Mesoamerican Worlds series and editor-in-chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures. His works include Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage, Moctezuma's Mexico, Waiting for the Dawn, Aztec Ceremonial Landscapes, Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire (UPC), and City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization (Beacon).

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