The History of the Atzec & Inca: Two Illustrated Reference Books: Discover the History, Myths and Cultures of the Ancient Peoples of Central and South America, with 1000 Photographs by David M. Jones, Charles Phillips (Hardback, 2013)
This boxed set of two encyclopedias charts the rise and fall of the ancient American empires - including the Chavin, Paracas, Moche, Olmec and Zapotec. It is an absorbing guide to the lost world of the peoples of the sun, their awe-inspiring history, myths and culture. You can explore dozens of vitally important World Heritage sites, including Teotihuacan, Cuzco and the Nazca lines. It describes burial practices, mummies, ritual sacrifice and the importance of gold as well as exploring the impact on native religion of the coming of Christianity. 1000 stunning photographs, statues, sculptures, paintings, maps and illustrations reveal an amazing visual history. This two-volume comprehensive and authoritative history describes the political, military and social world of ancient America. It explores the region's vivid mythology, including tales of creation, earth and sky; legends of the gods, goddesses and heroes; and stories of fertility, harvest and the afterlife. The first book focuses on the Maya and Aztec civilizations of Mexico and Central America, and the second on the Inca Empire that stretched the length of South America. Taking in many other cultures, this is a perfect introduction to the subject and also a stunning visual record of a fascinating period that has helped to shape our world.
Charles Phillips is an established historical writer with a keen interest in the mythology and history of the great Maya and Aztec civilizations. He was a key writer on Time Life's Myth and Mankind series. Dr David M Jones is co-author of the Blue Guide Mexico and wrote many articles on Mesoamerican and South American art for The Grove Dictionary of Art. He is the co-author of The Mythology of the Americas (also published by Lorenz Books).