Before you trek the Inca trail check out these books

12 December 2016

Our students study Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in a course on the history of the Spanish language, and this will give them the opportunity to explore his works further.

Ancient books written by an Incan author have been donated to ANU by the Peruvian Embassy.

The four hundred year-old works, by Garcilaso de la Vega, provide a personal insight into Incan life, politics and religion.

The Ambassador of Peru, Mr Miguel Palomino De La Gala, presented the University Library with a three volume set of the complete works.

The University's Librarian Roxanne Missingham said the publications would be valuable for students and academics wanting to know about Incan life.

"We are very grateful to Mr Palomino De La Gala for donating these wonderful works to the library," she said.

Professor Catherine Travis, Chair of Modern European Languages and Head, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics welcomed the donation.

"The study of a language must go hand-in-hand with the study of the history, culture and society of the communities who speak it," said Professor Travis.

"The rich resource contained in these works is a wonderful contribution to the ANU, with its strong Spanish program

"Our students study Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in a course on the history of the Spanish language, and this will give them the opportunity to explore his works further."

The books are in old Spanish and will be available to all readers in the Chifley Library.