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Historian MacCormack (Univ. of Notre Dame) offers a fresh examination of Spanish understanding of culture and history in the lands that became Peru. She analyzes 16th- and 17th-century chronicles, "natural and moral" histories, and other writings on Peru by focusing on the writers' use of concepts and examples drawn from Roman sources in their attempts to render Andean culture intelligible to Spanish readers. Although Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo, Agustin de Zarate, Pedro Cieza de Leon, Garcilaso de la Vega (El Inca), and Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala are particularly important, MacCormack draws from numerous other writers as well as their classical sources. The result is fascinating considerations on Inca origins, expansion, and rule; the centrality of cities; natural occurrences and "works of free will"; and language as understood through the lens of Roman thought, institutions, and history. The power of Roman influence is also visible in the acceptance of many Roman ideas by the Andeans and the Spaniards. This clearly written, thoughtful, and perceptive volume is based on outstanding research in printed primary and secondary materials in Latin, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and English. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All university and major public libraries. M. A. Burkholder University of Missouri--St. Louis
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