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Title Altera Roma : art and empire from Mérida to México / John M.D. Pohl and Claire L. Lyons, co-editors
Published Los Angeles : The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2016
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Series Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press monographs ; monograph 83
Contents Introduction / John M.D. Pohl and Claire L. Lyons -- Rome, Tenochtitlan, and Beyond : Comparing Empires across Space and Time / Walter Scheidel -- The Visualization of Imperial Dominance : Hobbe's Leviathan, the Mexica Templo Mayor and the Materialization of Authority / Eulogio Guzman -- Monuments of Empire in Roman Spain and Beyond : Augusta Emerita (Merida), the "Spanish Rome" / Jonathan Edmonson -- Aztec Art in Provincial Places : Water Concerns, Monumental Sculptures, and Imperial Expansion / Emily Umberger -- Dramatic Performance and the Theater of the State : The Cults of the Divus Triumphator, Parthenope, and Quetzalcoatl / John M.D. Pohl -- Aztec and Roman Gods in Sixteenth-Century Mexico : Strategic Uses of Classical Learning in Sahagun's Historia General / Andrew Laird -- The Mexica Pantheon in Light of Graeco-Roman Polytheism : Uses, Abuses and Proposals / Guilhem Olivier Durand -- Towards a New World's Laocoön : Thoughts on Seeing Aztec Sculpture Through Spanish Eyes / Thomas B.F. Cummins -- Death in the Hands of Strangers : Aztec Human Sacrifice in the Western Imagination / Cecelia F. Klein -- Alia Herculanea : Pre-Hispanic Sites and Antiquities in Late Bourbon New Spain / Leonardo López Luján
Summary "Altera Roma explores the confrontation of two cultures--European and Amerindian--and two empires--Spanish and Aztec. In an age of exploration and conquest, Spanish soldiers, missionaries, and merchants brought an array of cultural preconceptions. Their encounter with Aztec civilization coincided with Europe's rediscovery of classical antiquity, and Tenochtitlán came to be regarded a 'second Rome, ' altera Roma. Iberia's past as the Roman province of Hispania served to both guide and critique the Spanish overseas mission. The dialogue that emerged between the Old World and the New World shaped a dual heritage into the unique culture of Nueva España. In this volume, 10 eminent historians and archaeologists examine the analogies between empires widely separated in time and place, and consider how monumental art and architecture created 'theater states, ' a strategy that links ancient Rome, Hapsburg Spain, preconquest Mexico, and other imperial regimes"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Acculturation -- Mexico -- History.
Architecture -- Mexico -- History.
Aztecs -- Antiquities.
Imperialism -- Social aspects -- History.
Monuments -- Mexico -- History.
Mexico City (Mexico) -- History.
Mexico -- Antiquities.
Mexico -- Civilization -- Roman influences -- History.
Mexico -- Relations -- Spain.
Spain -- Relations -- Mexico.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Lyons, Claire L., 1955-
Pohl, John M. D.
LC no. 2016010586
ISBN 1938770013 ()
1938770358 (electronic bk.)
9781938770012 ()
9781938770357 (electronic bk.)