Stapleford Granary

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with Dr Nicholas James

19.30 | £8

Along with their notorious rites of public sacrifice and the campaigns of conquest that supplied so many of the victims, the Aztecs cultivated delicate arts and searching philosophy. Did this contradiction spring from the political and ethical ambiguities of a teeming metropolis that had grown with astonishing rapidity? Were the atrocities the work of a desperate government? Or were they not as shocking to the Aztecs as to us? Can we prevent repetition of this history?

Nicholas James has worked on the archaeology of American Indians for more than 35 years and is author of Aztecs & Maya. He graduated from Oxford before teaching at Cambridge and then returning to Oxford. He is a consultant in management of historical resources, an avid exponent of extra-mural study, and a veteran leader of tours in Latin America.


Artist/speaker: Dr Nicholas James

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Nicholas James has worked on the archaeology of American Indians for more than 35 years and is author of Aztecs & Maya. He graduated from Oxford before teaching at Cambridge and then returning to Oxford. He is a consultant in management of historical resources, an avid exponent of extra-mural study, and a veteran leader of tours in Latin America.