The question I want to answer is, “What can we learn from the Aztecs?” And then, “How does what we learned influence how we live today?”
I read a lot. I like reading comments on other blogs and learning about what people think about the Aztecs or about how the Aztec Empire influenced the world today. Some people are intrigued by the amazing conquests of this ancient empire, others are fascinated by their bloodthirsty human sacrifices, and some are drawn to their art.
The most common topic that people blog about though is a comparison between our society and theirs. We all wonder if there are any parallels between them and us.
How do I feel about the Aztecs? They were very interesting to me at first because of their violent imagery and gory sacrifices; I am also very interested in their art. But as I read more, I became very interested in what led them to such great heights in architecture, mathematics, and other areas. I truly believe that there is a lot that we can learn from them.
Newspapers have been reporting on a new exhibition at the British Museum called “Aztecs.” It features over 200 objects from the British Museum’s collection. Also, it features sculptures from Mexico City
The Aztec Empire, or the Triple Alliance, as it was known, had a very short reign in comparison to civilizations such as Rome or China. It was only around from 1427 to 1521. Yet they made great advances in art and architecture, which we now can appreciate at the National Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico City.
Tlacaelel is often credited with being the mastermind behind this advancement of culture and art. Tlacaelel was the brother of Moctezuma II’s father and he used his power to inspire the Aztec people to greatness. He began by establishing a strict education system for young children. He wanted them to learn how to read and write and speak Nahuatl, the language spoken by many people in Mexico at that time.
In addition to education he also tried to instill a sense of morality into society. He believed that if everyone worked together they could do great things. He told his fellow Aztecs they could build their civilization into something great if they were willing to work hard enough. They were also encouraged to be loyal citizens and respect the ruling class.*
Aztec art is a type of Pre-Columbian art produced by the Aztecs, a Native American people of central Mexico with a rich cultural heritage. The Aztec civilization was highly developed in the arts, including architecture and painting.
Aztec art includes many different mediums including ceramics, stone carving and the design of objects such as jewelry, weapons and tools. Stele are large stone tablets made by the ancient Mayans. They are mostly carved with images of gods or other religious symbols and figures.
Tonalpohualli is a 260-day ritual calendar that is used to count days within the cycle called “year.” This calendar was created by the Aztecs between 12th and 13th century A.D. The calendar is read from left to right, with each day assigned a number from one to thirteen, then from one to twenty. The date is read by adding together the number at the top of column A (1-13) with the number at the top of column B (14-20).
The most important god in Aztec religion was Huitzilopochtli , who was worshipped in every aspect of life. Huitzilopochtli demanded blood sacrifices in his honor which were carried out
The Aztecs have a great deal to teach us about art and its role in human society. It is important to remember that the word “Aztec” refers to a group of people who spoke the language Nahuatl, which is related to languages spoken in central Mexico and parts of Central America. The Aztecs were one group among many who lived in the Valley of Mexico, around what archaeologists call the Basin of Mexico, which includes the modern cities of Mexico City, Tlaxcala, Puebla, Tacuba, and others.
The Aztec civilization was a highly sophisticated civilization. We know a great deal about how they lived because they left behind hundreds of thousands of documents written on paper made from tree bark (amatl). The Spanish conquerors were impressed by these documents and took them back to Europe. There they were studied by scholars such as Bishop Diego de Landa who wrote an account of the history of Yucatan and the Mayan people (now lost) based on some of these documents. De Landa’s account was published in 1566, but his book was banned by Pope Clement VIII for being heretical. So we have had to wait until just recently to learn more about this remarkable culture from their own documents.
Aztec Art. The Aztec empire was built on the backs of slaves, and it was all made possible by the foundation of their religion. The Aztecs were a powerful empire that existed in the 13th century. They built great cities with beautiful architecture and created fantastic art. Their art is still displayed today in museums around the world. Aztec warriors are famous for their distinctive tattoos and headdresses with large colorful feathers. Aztec art is characterized by its bold, vibrant colors and its subject matter includes gods and goddesses, animals, flowers, and scenes from nature and everyday life.
The story of the rise and fall of the Aztec empire has inspired many books and movies, including Star Wars.
The Aztec empire was the most powerful Native American group that ever existed in North America. It was a highly sophisticated society with a strong military and an advanced knowledge of astronomy and mathematics. The Aztecs also had a rich culture with its own language, architecture, and art.
The Aztec name for their capital, Tenochtitlan, means “Place of the Prickly Pear Cactus.” The city was built on an island, which is now part of present-day Mexico City. The island had to be created by building a canal that linked two lakes. This required a great deal of engineering skill.
Cities were not the only places built by the Aztecs. They also constructed highways and bridges throughout their territory. These were built very solidly so they could carry people as well as loads of food, fuel, and other supplies needed by the cities. The highways extended from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, making them one of the longest systems in ancient times. Despite this great length, however, little remains today because much of the system was either destroyed or buried under later construction.*
The Aztec civilization is one of the most important civilizations in Mesoamerica. It has a very long history, starting in the Pre-Classic period (200 BC – 250 AD) and ending with the Spanish conquest in 1521.
The Aztec civilization was a state organized into independent city-states, called altepetl, that were ruled by hereditary lords, or tlatoani. The word “Aztec” is a European invention and does not mean anything to the ancient people of Mexico; they called themselves Mexica.
The Aztecs were involved in many wars and had numerous enemies. This led to the creation of a mighty army and an organization that included both a standing army and warrior orders similar to knightly orders in medieval Europe.
The Aztecs lived in Tenochtitlan, which was the capital city of their empire. They built huge temples called teocallis that were decorated with sculptures depicting Aztec gods and goddesses, as well as with pictures describing the Aztec creation story, or myth.