The Classic Cultures of Mesoamerica: The Olmec, Maya and Aztec

Mesoamerica was home of great cultures and civilizations beginning over 3,000 years ago. Extended from central Mexico to northern Central America, the three cultures that dominated the pre-Columbian history were: The Olmec, The Aztecs and The Maya civilizations. While each culture was unique, they had certain achievements in common including a calendar and some form of a writing system. While they all worshipped a different god, for all of them, religion was extremely important. Combined, these people have left behind one of the richest cultural legacies in world history.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Tedlock, D., 1996, Popol Vuh; The Definitive Edition of the Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life and the Glories Of Gods and Kings, Simon & Schuster.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The Olmec: Have an introduction of the Olmec first Mesoamerican civilization; learn about their origins, history, politics, religion, and art. Discover where the colossal heads and finely carved sculptures emblematic of the Olmec style were found. We will examine their architectural legacy and learn about the more important Olmec archaeological sites that can be visit in present days; including La Venta, San Lorenzo and Tres Zapotes. Also we will cover museums that housing major collections of Olmec art.
  • The Maya: Discover why the classic Maya were arguably Mesoamerica's most sophisticated civilization. Learn about their origin myths, religion, gods and general worldview. Also we will identify which were their most important achievements; Mayan calendar, advance language, astronomy, art, medicine and agriculture. Finally we will discover their most important archaeological sites that can be visit in present days; including Chichen Itza, Palenque and Tulum in Mexico, Copan in Honduras, and Tikal in Guatemala.
  • The Aztec: Learn about the Mesoamerica's last great pre-Columbian culture and identify why the Aztec culture was a highly structured society. Learn about their origin, religion and gods, worldview, warrior culture and encounter and fall with the Spanish conquistadors. Discover which are the countless words in the English language, which derive from the Aztec language, the N’ahuatl. Finally we will discover their most important archaeological sites that can be visit in present days in Mexico City and surroundings; including Teotihuacán and its pyramids, Templo Mayor, Tlatelolco, Xochicalco pyramids to name some.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a general knowledge of the origins, and history of the three Mesoamerican civilizations, and discover which are their cultural and architectural legacies in modern day.
  2. Experience virtual journey to the most relevant ruins of these three civilizations.
  3. Discover the most recommended itineraries of Mesoamerican ruins that can help you to be inspired to travel.
  4. Identify some N’ahuatl words that are widely used in Spanish and English.
$113 Limited / $102

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18 May

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