The Ireta : A Model of Political and Spatial Organization of P'urépecha Cities
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This thesis uses the published historical literature to build a theoretical model of the political organization of P’urépecha cities. Ancient P’urépecha cities were the urban component of a larger polity known as an Ireta. These were territorial polities that were similar to the Aztec altepetl, and might be considered analogous to a “city-state.” Each Ireta could be divided into a series of nested territorial units. Larger units, the uapátzequecha, consisted of neighborhoods within cities and towns or villages in the countryside. Beneath these were smaller groupings of households that formed the ...