HIS 111
Unit 6:  Mesoamerica
Pyramid of the Moon

Pyramid of the Moon, part of the complex at Teotihuacan, near Mexico City, abandoned in the eighth century ce.  See some additional photos and then have a look at the excellent website on Teotihuacan, The City of the Gods.  I also have some photos of Inca civilization.

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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • Take the short 5-point quizzes for chapters 5 and 18. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
  • The Popol Vuh is the sacred book of the Quiché Indians, who are descended from Maya in present-day Guatemala.  The book, recorded in the sixteenth century in Quiché in Latin script and translated in the nineteenth century, is the Mayan creation myth that had been handed down for thousands of years and reflects early Mesoamerican mythology.  In many ways, the epic resembles Genesis of the Judaeo-Christian tradition.  For extra credit, in a one-page paper for a maximum of 50 points, consider a comparison of the Popol Vuh with Genesis.  (There is also a version at www.jaguar-sun.com/popolvuh.html, and there is a new website, sponsored by Ohio State University, with versions of the PV in three different languages.)  There are also complete versions of Genesis available online.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Hernan Cortés Second Letter to Charles V, 1520, and in a long paragraph, explain what scholars can learn about Indian society from this account.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Pedro de Cieza de Léon Chronicles of the Incas, 1540, and in a long paragraph, explain what scholars can learn about the Inca economy from this short excerpt.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send the title of the site, the url and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.

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