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The Future of Aztec Law

Jerome A. Offner

Jerome A. Offner is Associate Curator of Northern Mesoamerica at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and an expert on the Aztecs, their history, culture, law, and politics. His groundbreaking study, Law and Politics in Aztec Texcoco (1983) was the winner of the 1985 Howard F. Cline Prize in Latin American history. More recently, he has turned his attention to the Aztecs’ graphic communication system and the study of native pictorial documents from before and after the conquest of 1519 CE. Along with a team of scholars from five European countries and Mexico, he is currently investigating the greatest of the Aztec pictorial histories, the Codex Xolotl, which reports on the remarkable life of the most famous Aztec jurist, Nezahualcoyotl (r. 1431–72 CE). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Legal Encounters on the Medieval Globe

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...Abstract This article models a methodology for recovering the substance and nature of the Aztec legal tradition by interrogating reports of precontact indigenous behavior in the works of early colonial ethnographers, as well as in pictorial...

Live Donkeys at Last

Max Harris

Max Harris is the author of five previous books, including Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools (2011) which won the Otto Grundler prize. He has served as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council and has taught at Yale University and the University of Virginia. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Christ on a Donkey — Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entries, and Blasphemous Pageants

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

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...Even after 1424, live donkeys in Palm Sunday processions were few and far between. The Franciscan guardian’s use of a donkey under Muslim rule in Jerusalem, between 1480 and 1757, was exceptional. I have found no other record...

World Developments

A Cultural History of Food in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The chapters in this volume have illustrated different aspects of food culture during the Middle Ages in Europe and in the Mediterranean world. This last section is an overview of the techniques, products, food-related behaviors, social...