Aztec royal pleasure parks: Conspicuous consumption and elite status rivalry

Susan Toby Evans

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The word ‘Aztec’ conjures up images of warfare and sacrificial gore, yet beauty and pleasure figured powerfully in Aztec' culture. Aztec rulers, like great lords everywhere, had well-indulged tastes in amusement and luxury, and invested substantial wealth in leisure facilities. Pleasure parks and palaces and their role in courtly life are here described and interpreted as vehicles for status rivalry between the two great noble lineages of Aztec Mexico, rulers of the two major cities, Tenochtidan and Texcoco (figure 1).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-228
Number of pages23
JournalStudies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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