: Even ancient Rome itself and before had legends of a mythic golden age full
: of superior people of long-since-forgotten skills. The ancient view of
: history was not one of progress but of decay: the initial world right
: after creation was the best, and it's been getting worse ever since.
: In a way that's kind of what makes science fiction a unique modern genre: it
: looks forward to times of greater advance than the present, which would be
: as ridiculous a fantasy to that ancient worldview as the idea of Atlantis
: of an Elder Race is to us now.
The Aztecs founded their empire when they migrated to lake Texcoco and found remnants of a long gone, highly advanced ancient civilization waiting for them to take.
PiD made me too big of a nerd on old structures near the yucatan that are neither aztec or mayan.