- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: October 30, 2006
From the pre-Columbian jungles of Central America arose a great civilization. Destroyed by the conquistadores, their ruins and artifacts give testament to their lost glory
- Emmy®-winning series hosted by actor and art historian Peter Weller.
- Discover the history and culture of ancient societies through their engineering accomplishments and explore the pre-Columbian glories of the Aztec civilization.
Peter Weller takes you to the depths of the jungle and to the streets of one of the densest urban areas in the world – Mexico City – to discover the achievements of the New World’s greatest civilization.
In two short centuries the Aztec's transformed themselves from a band of wandering nomads to a great, urbanized empire stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. In this instructive DVD learn how this fantastic rise to power was achieved through brilliant military campaigns and ingenious technological mastery of a harsh environment. They built their capital – now Mexico City – where no city should have been possible: in the middle of a lake. The Aztec also practiced human sacrifice on an unprecedented scale and made many enemies. By the time the Spaniards landed they had no trouble recruiting tribal allies to destroy the Aztecs.
Watch with host Peter Weller as we examine the architecture and infrastructure behind the New World's greatest, and last, indigenous society.