THE PYRAMIDS OF TEOTIHUACÁN
Mexico

 

Where Gods Were Born

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Let's take a break from Roman history and see what's happening in the Western Hemisphere. Ana from the History of Small Things takes us to her hometown of Mexico City to talk about ancient Mexican history.  The standout wonders this episode are the great pyramids of Teotihuacan, started in 100 CE in a city which rivaled Rome in size and artistry.

But that's just the start. We talk about the first Americans, the earliest Mexican civilizations, and stories of human sacrifice, wars, and mayhem. 

Mexico City is one of the world's great cities, and we talk about two of its most magnificent sights: the National Anthropology Museum and the Zocalo.  Plus street food, tacos, tamales, and huaraches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
 

Coe, Michael.  Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs

Fehrenbach, TR. Fire and Blood: a History of Mexico

Lonely Planet Guide to Mexico

Meade, Julie Doherty. Moon Mexico City

Meyer, Karl E. Teotihuacán

Solís Olguín, Felipe R. Art Treasures of Ancient Mexico: Journey to the Land of the Gods

 

 

Photo by Ricardo David Sánchez. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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