15. The Garden of the Aztec Philosopher-King

  1. Dan O'Brien PhD Research Fellow Associate Lecturer
  1. Susan Toby Evans PhD professor

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch15

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Evans, S. T. (2010) The Garden of the Aztec Philosopher-King, in Gardening - Philosophy for Everyone (ed D. O'Brien), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324563.ch15

Editor Information

  1. Oxford Brookes University, UK

Author Information

  1. Pennsylvania State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330212

Online ISBN: 9781444324563



  • philosophers' gardens;
  • garden of the Aztec Philosopher-King;
  • Aztecs of ancient Mexico, cross-cultural sympathy - and bloody sacrificial rites;
  • Aztec kings and their botanical gardens, and landscape designers - like their successors in 16th-century Europe;
  • today's botanical gardens - echoing Aztec prototypes in profound homage;
  • Aztecs, animists believing that there was no separation - between organic and inorganic worlds;
  • Teotihuacan's monumental Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon - culturally dominant in Mexico;
  • Aztecs' Tollán, a fruitful garden-city, urbanized - landscaped to luxuriant productivity;
  • Nezahualcoyotl, Renaissance man of Aztec culture - bridging Spanish and Aztec cultures;
  • Nezahualcoyotl's place, and place of gardens - in Aztec political history


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Aztecs and Their Kings

  • Nezahualcoyotl: Renaissance Man of Aztec Culture

  • The Uses of Nezahualcoyotl: Bridging Spanish and Aztec Cultures

  • Nezahualcoyotl's Place, and the Place of Gardens, in Aztec Political History

  • Texcotzingo

  • Notes