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The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire

The glory that was Rome and the culture of the Aztecs were never closer than in this remarkable online exhibit created by the J. Paul Getty Museum. This website was created to complement the in situ exhibit, which was developed to celebrate the bicentennial of Mexican Independence and "explores the parallels between two great empires - the Aztec and the Roman." Visitors can look at a slideshow of the exhibition and also learn more about the Aztecs via an interactive map. Perhaps the finest feature on the site is the feature that allows users to explore the stories behind two important Aztec deities. Moving on, visitors can explore six scenes from the invaluable Florentine Codex. The Codex was compiled by the Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún (1499-1590), who directed a 30-year project to describe the Aztec and their religious, cultural, and social practices. Finally, the materials on the site are available in Spanish and there's a listing of events related to the exhibition.
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