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Plan of Teotihuacan, c. 1–750

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Description: The Ancient Americas: Art from Sacred Landscapes
Teotihuacan is called simply Las Pirámides (“The Pyramids”), in Mexico, because the colossal Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, located only an hour away from the capital, are, to many, synonymous with pre-Columbian civilization (see fig. 2). The neutral term “pyramids,” however, indicates how little we know about the archaeological site. Teotihuacan, the Aztec name for the city, means “Place of the Gods,” because the Aztec could not imagine that human hands could have built the pyramids. In myth, …
PublisherArt Institute of Chicago
Related print edition pages: pp.135-145

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