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The Incas (Ancient Peoples and Places)

Lords of the Four Quarters

Craig Morris, Adriana von Hagen


The most up-to-date and authoritative account available of the Incas – their politics, economics, religion, architecture, art and technology


The Incas built one of the largest empires of the ancient world. The sheer scale makes their achievement truly remarkable. At its zenith it extended northwards from the Inca capital Cusco along the Andes to embrace parts of modern Peru and Ecuador, and southwards into Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

Uniquely, the authors look in detail at Cusco and at the four parts of the empire, following the vast road system to explore not just famous sites such as Machu Picchu, but all the major regional settlements. This vivid portrait shows how the Incas ruled some peoples directly but allowed others
to maintain their traditional leaders with little interference. The concluding chapter is devoted to the end of the empire: the arrival of the Spaniards, the assassination of the Inca ruler Atawallpa, and the final years of the rebellious, neo-Inca state in the tropical forest of Vilcabamba.

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'A lively, deeply informed and highly readable account of the last great empire of pre-Columbian South America'
Gary Urton, Harvard University

'I know of no other book in English that provides such a good region by region description of the Inca empire ... Both a useful review of the main Inca sites and a new perspective on the structure of the empire'
Bill Sillar, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 0.0 x 0.0 cm

Publication date: 6 July 2017

ISBN: 9780500289440

Contents List

1. The Birth and Growth of Tawantinsuyu • 2. The Principles of Inca Statecraft: Feared Warriors, Generous Rulers • 3. The Wealth of the Empire: Land, Labour and the Worth of Goods • 4. Religion and Ideology: the Sun, the Moon, the Oracles, the Ancestors • 5. Technology and the Arts: Architects, Weavers, Smiths and Potters • 6. Cusco: Capital of the Realm • 7. Chinchaysuyu: Land of the Setting Sun and the Sacred Shell • 8. Antisuyu: The Road to Machu Picchu and Beyond • 9. Qollasuyu and Kuntisuyu: Herds, Metals and Mountains of Sacrifice • 10. The Fall: Bearded Men from across the Sea • Epilogue

About the Author

The late Craig Morris was Curator of Anthropology and Senior Vice President of the American Museum of Natural History, NewYork.

Adriana von Hagen is co-director of the Leymebamba Museum in Chachapoyas, Peru.