Teotihuacan, City of Gods

couverture du catalogue Teotihuacan

The history of Teotihuacan, the “City of the Gods”, extends from 150 B.C.E. to 650 C.E. Its height last more than four centuries, from 100 to 550 C.E. Situated some 40 kilometers from the heart of current day Mexico City, this formidable religious, economic, and political capital, that extended over some 20 square kilometers, then included between 80,000 and 100,000 inhabitants. The prestige and authority of what was the largest city in the entire New World extended far in space – over more than 1,500 kilometers to the southeast, towards Maya country – and in time – until the Aztecs ad the Conquest of the 16th century.

The ruins of the metropolis were explored in the 17th century during the New Spain period. Since the 1980s, large excavation projects focused on some of the most important monuments – the Citadel, the complex of the Way of the Dead, the pyramid of the Feathered Serpent (Quetzalcóatl), the pyramid of the Moon, and Xalla group, and, recently, even the pyramid of the Sun – as well as some of the more than 1000 habitation complexes that it harbors, have revealed an infinity of new objects, sometimes of stupefying beauty. They have also profoundly renewed the ideas about this city and the civilization it engendered, without however providing answers to all the questions that arise, particularly in relation to its collapse.

For the first time, a book illustrates, in a complete and authoritative way, the wealth and beauty of this civilization that is very real and, however, full of mysteries, where cosmology and cosmogony meet. Built in the image of the Universe as a gigantic cosmogram, wasn’t Teotihuacan the origin of our world for the Aztecs?

A group of studies paints a living picture of this lost civilization, followed by an annotated and reasoned catalog of exhibited works.


480 pages, 24.5 x 29.5cm format

550 illustrations

Including 21 plans and maps

Public sale price: 42€

EAN 978 2 757202 95-1

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Felipe Solís Olguin

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