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Miguel León-Portilla
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Born (1926-02-22)February 22, 1926
Died October 1, 2019(2019-10-01) (aged 93)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Occupation Philosopher, anthropologist, historian

Miguel León-Portilla (February 22, 1926 – October 1, 2019) was a Mexican anthropologist and historian. He was the prime authority on Nahuatl thought and literature. He was thought to have helped revive the Nahuatl language through his books.

León-Portilla was important in bringing to light the works of Fr. Bernardino de Sahagún, a 16th-century primary source on the Aztec civilization and whose works have become one of the major references for cultural and historical information on Postclassic central Mexico.

On December 12, 2013, León-Portilla received the Living Legend Award from the U.S. Library of Congress.

He died on October 1, 2019 in Mexico City at the age of 93.

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