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"This volume is the most important treatment of the subject to date. . . . Born of a combination of advances in epigraphy, improved archaeological techniques, and detailed iconographic analyses - all on display here - this Mesoamerican 'new history' is the single most important intellectual event in the field in recent times." —Hispanic American Historical Review

"The high powered roster of archaeologists and cultural historians contributing . . . goes most of the way, at last, to showing how and why the mythic Toltecs must be distinguished from the later historic Toltecs who created but one version of Mesoamerica's key civic idiom. . . . [A] great mark of Anglo-Latin cooperation." —Antiquity

"An important volume of lasting value." —Choice

For more than a millennium the great Mesoamerican city of Teotihuacan (c. 150 B.C.E. - 750 C.E.) has been imagined and reimagined by a host of subsequent cultures, including our own. Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage engages the subject of the unity and diversity of pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica by focusing on the classic heritage of this ancient city. This new volume is the product of several years of research by members of Princeton University's Moses Mesoamerican Archive and Research Project and Mexico's Proyecto Teotihuacán. Offering a variety of disciplinary perspectives - including the history of religions, anthropology, archaeology, and art history - and a wealth of new data, Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage examines Teotihuacan's rippling influence across Mesoamerican time and space, including important patterns of continuity and change, and its relationships, both historical and symbolic, with Tenochtitlan, Cholula, and various Maya communities.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-xv
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Introduction - Reimagining the Classic Heritage in Mesoamerica: Continuities and Fractures in Time, Space, and Scholarship
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. PART I - The Paradigm Shifts in Mesoamerican Studies
  1. 1. The Myth and Reality of Zuyuá: The Feathered Serpent and Mesoamerican Transformations from the Classic to the Postclassic
  2. pp. 21-84
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  1. PART II - Classic Teotihuacan in the Context of Mesoamerican Time and History
  1. 2. The Construction of the Underworld in Central Mexico: Transformations from the Classic to the Postclassic
  2. pp. 87-116
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  1. 3. Teotihuacan as an Origin for Postclassic Feathered Serpent Symbolism
  2. pp. 117-143
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  1. 4. The Iconography of the Feathered Serpent in Late Postclassic Central Mexico
  2. pp. 145-164
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  1. 5. From Teotihuacan to Tenochtitlan: City Planning, Caves, and Streams of Red and Blue Waters
  2. pp. 165-184
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  1. 6. From Teotihuacan to Tenochtitlan: Their Great Temples
  2. pp. 185-194
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  1. 7. Teotihuacan Cultural Traditions Transmitted into the Postclassic According to Recent Excavations
  2. pp. 195-218
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  1. 8. The 9-Xi Vase: A Classic Thin Orange Vessel Found at Tenochtitlan
  2. pp. 219-249
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  1. PART III - Classic Teotihuacan in the Context of Mesoamerican Space and Sacred Geography
  1. 9. Out of Teotihuacan: Origins of the Celestial Canon in Mesoamerica
  2. pp. 253-268
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  1. 10. The Turquoise Hearth: Fire, Self-Sacrifice, and the Central Mexican Cult of War
  2. pp. 269-340
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  1. 11. Tollan Cholollan and the Legacy of Legitimacy During the Classic-Postclassic Transition
  2. pp. 341-367
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  1. PART IV - Classic Teotihuacan in the Context of Mesoamerican Scholarship and Intellectual History
  1. 12. Venerable Place of Beginnings: The Aztec Understanding of Teotihuacan
  2. pp. 371-395
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  1. 13. Calendrics and Ritual Landscape at Teotihuacan: Themes of Continuity in Mesoamerican "Cosmovision"
  2. pp. 397-432
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  1. 14. Teotihuacan and the Maya: A Classic Heritage
  2. pp. 433-463
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  1. 15. "The Arrival of Strangers": Teotihuacan and Tollan in Classic Maya History
  2. pp. 465-513
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  1. 16. Parallel Consumptive Cosmologies
  2. pp. 515-522
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  1. Editors and Contributors
  2. pp. 523-526
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 527-559
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