Arts Curriculum

The Aztec Empire

October 15, 2004 – February 13, 2005

In the interest of simplifying the text of this guide, footnotes have been eliminated. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the authors of the following works for their contributions to the content of this guide.

Miall, Nina. Aztecs: An Introduction to the Exhibition. London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2002.

Matos Moctezuma, Eduardo, and Felipe Solís. Aztecs. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002.

Townsend, Richard F. The Aztecs. London: Thames and Hudson, 2000.


For Adults
Brotherston, Gordon. Painted Books from Mexico. London: British Museum Press, 1995.

Carrasco, Davíd. Daily Life of the Aztecs: People of the Sun and Earth. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Coe, Michael D. Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

León-Portilla, Miguel. Aztec Thought and Culture. Translated by Jack Emory Davis. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990.

Matos Moctezuma, Eduardo. The Great Temple of the Aztecs: Treasures of Tenochtitlan. London: Thames and Hudson, 1994.

Miller, Mary Ellen. The Art of Mesoamerica from Olmec to Aztec. London: Thames and Hudson, 1996.

Miller, Mary Ellen, and Karl Taube. An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya. London: Thames and Hudson, 1997.

Pasztory, Esther. Aztec Art. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1998.

Anawalt, Patricia Rieff, and Frances F. Berdan. The Essential Codex Mendoza. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Solís, Felipe. The Aztec Empire. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Mexico City: Landucci Editores, 2004.

Sullivan, Thelma D., and T. J. Knab. A Scattering of Jades: Stories, Poems and Prayers of the Aztecs. New York: Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 1994.

For Children
Baquedano, Elizabeth. Aztec, Inca & Maya. London: Dorling Kindersley, 1993.

Hicks, Peter. The Aztecs. New York: Thomson Learning, 1993.

Macdonald, Fiona. How Would You Survive as an Aztec? Danbury, Conn.: Franklin Watts, 1997.

Morris, Neil. Everyday Life of The Aztec, Incas, & Mayans (Uncovering History). Florence, Italy: McRae Books Srl,  2003.

Steele, Philip. Aztec-News: The Greatest Newspaper in Civilization. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press, 1997.

Wood, Tim. The Aztecs. New York: Viking Penguin, 1992.


Department of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History

Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies

Archaeology Magazine, Archaeological Association of America

Precolumbian Archaeology–Related Links

Provides audio pronunciation for selected Aztec gods and Nahuatl words


In Search of History: The Aztec Empire
New York: A&E Television Networks, 1997
Color, 50 min.

Empires of the Americas: A Journey Back in Time
New Jersey: Kultur, 2000
Color, 50 min.