Investigation of the Aztec Law and Its Basic Problems

Full Text of Paper

Issue of Scientific Journal No. 2015-03
Read paper (PDF)

  • Source Type: Journal
  • Document Type: Study
  • Document Language: German
  • Published on: 30. 9. 2015
  • File Format: PDF
  • File Size: 819 kB

Peter Vyšný

In: Societas et iurisprudentia • 2015 • Volume 3 • Issue 3 • Pages 71-103 • ISSN 1339-5467

Abstract: The term “Aztecs” is being mostly used as a collective name of the inhabitants of three in the Valley of Mexico (in Central Mexico) situated allied prehispanic city-states Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, and Tlacopan. Although in recent decades various aspects of the Aztec culture have been intensively researched, no systematic interest awakened for the Aztec law. The study deals with the current state of research of the Aztec law, the written and unwritten sources of its knowledge, its fundamental characteristics as a research object, and its social and cultural-historical context. The paper shows that a systematic research of the Aztec law should focus not only on the Aztec law as such, but also on its social, economic, political, and cultural contexts as well as on the Aztec worldview (ideology, religion).

Key Words: Aztecs; Law; State of Knowledge; Sources; Object of Investigation; Context; Tenochtitlan; Texcoco; Tlacopan; Mexico.


Bibliographic Citation

VYŠNÝ, P. Grundprobleme der Erforschung des aztekischen Rechts. Societas et iurisprudentia [online]. 2015, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 71-103 [cit. 2020-01-01]. ISSN 1339-5467. Available at: