In Search of History: The Aztec Empire (2005)
For centuries the highly advanced society of the Aztecs has fascinated history scholars. In this documentary exploring the origins, cultural aspects, and ultimate downfall of the once-mighty civilization, filmmakers not only offer a guided tour of the great temple of Tenochtitlan, but also speak with noted scholars to find out just how a band of over 1,000 Aztecs gathered to assemble a powerful nation in just under 400 years, only to fall to the Spanish in a matter of months. Trace the astonishing story of the Aztecs who rose from a beleaguered band of barely over 1,000 to dominate nearly all of Mexico in just over 400 years. When the explorer Cortés arrived in the New World in 1519, he found the present-day nation of Mexico dominated by the Aztecs. Skilled farmers, builders and merchants, the Aztecs were also savage warriors who practiced human sacrifice on a massive scale fueled by the belief that blood nourished their gods and sustained the world. This is the definitive profile of one of the most fascinating civilizations of the Ancient World where beauty was balanced by savagery, and mysticism was soaked in blood. Leading scholars trace the rise of the Aztecs from their island in present-day Mexico City to the pre-eminent culture of ancient America, and reveal how the Spanish were able to bring this mighty society to its knees in mere months! Tour the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan in Mexico City, where ongoing excavations are unraveling some of the enduring enigmas of the Aztecs. Director Eduardo Matos Moctezuma provides a behind-the-scenes look at the seat of the ancient empire and reveals astonishing new discoveries. And see how the long-vanished civilization's influence is still felt in Mexico today.
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