Angkor and the Khmer Civilization


Author: Michael D. Coe
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780500052105
Category:
Page: 304
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The ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia has fascinated scholars and visitors alike since its rediscovery in the mid-19th century. All are wonderstruck by the beauty and multiplicity of the sculptures that adorn its temples and structures and are overwhelmed by the sheer size of Angkor. There is nothing to equal it in the archaeological world. A great deal was already known about the history of Angkor and the brilliant Khmer civilization that built it thanks to pioneering work by archaeologists and scholars, but our knowledge has now been completely revolutionized by cutting-edge technology. Airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) has revealed entire cities that were previously unknown and a complex urban landscape with highways and waterways, profoundly transforming our interpretations of the development and supposed decline of Angkor. In this comprehensively updated edition of Angkor and the Khmer Civilization, respected archaeologist Michael Coe is joined by Damian Evans, who led this remarkable programme of scientific exploration, to present for the first time in book form the results and implications of these ground-breaking discoveries that are rewriting history.

The Civilization of Angkor


Author: Charles Higham
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520242180
Category: History
Page: 192
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The great Southeast Asian civilization is revealed in all its splendor here, with details of the statues, inscriptions, canals, fountains, and moats that made its capital--Angkor Wat--one of the great marvels of the ancient world.

Ancient Angkor


Author: Michael Freeman,Claude Jacques
Publisher: Weatherhill, Incorporated
ISBN: 9780834804265
Category: Travel
Page: 232
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The Khmer civilization centred on Angkor was one of the most remarkable to flourish in Southeast Asia. Between the 8th and the 13th centuries, a succession of Hindu and Buddhist kings created magnificent temples in stone. Their elaborate carvings and intricate architecture amazed the first Europeans who visited in the 19th century and continue to fascinate today, when after many years of political turmoil, Angkor is once again accessible. The renowned French scholar Claude Jacques has studied Angkor and its history for the past 30 years, while Michael Freeman has made many photographic trips there during a 15-year period; Ancient Angkor embodies the fruits of their collaboration and includes the results of new research and discoveries made during recent excavations. Detailed plans and descriptions unravel the complex reliefs of Angkor Wat and the Bayon, while small but interesting temples not covered in other books are also described. Grouping the temples into easy-to-visit itineraries, and with useful hotel and travel information, Ancient Angkor will serve both as a history of the temples in its own right and an invaluable companion guide.

Khmer

history and treasures of an ancient civilization
Author: Stefano Vecchia
Publisher: White Star Editions
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 207
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Steeped in spirituality, rich in an architectural heritage that gave the world such treasures as the temple of Angkor Wat and admired for the creation of a sophisticated irrigation system, the Khmer have long been a source of fascination to us. Through hundreds of superb photographs and insightful text, this impressive volume explores the evolution, development, and decline of this once-mighty civilization. Starting with the emergence of the Khmer or Angkor Civilization that came into existence during the period from 802 to 1431 A.D., Stefano Vecchio traces the history, outlining the milestones and shedding new light on the beliefs, politics, scientific developments, and artistic efforts of the Khmer.

The Story of Angkor


Author: Jame DiBiasio
Publisher: Silkworm Books
ISBN: 1631022598
Category: History
Page: 135
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The lost civilization of Angkor left no written records, and only its ancient stones can tell the tale. The Story of Angkor exposes the history of this oncemighty Southeast Asian empire through the secrets hidden inside the temples and buildings located around the city of Siem Reap. It guides the reader into Angkor’s most spectacular monuments and the kings who commissioned them. The Classical Angkor period, from its founding in 802 AD by Jayavarman II, to its mysterious demise, produced hundreds of temples, reservoirs, and other monuments. But why were they built? What did they represent? The Story of Angkor answers these questions. Through an exploration of ancient culture, religion, trade, warfare, ecology, and politics, it gives meaning to the mysterious faces of the Bayon and decodes the beautiful but violent bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat. It also presents Cambodia’s early history and Angkor Wat’s “discovery” by nineteenth-century explorers. Written in a concise, accessible style, with photos and maps, The Story of Angkor presents an in-depth analysis of the ancient Angkor civilization that will appeal to both readers and travelers. Highlights Uses the temples and monuments themselves to tell the history of Angkor civilization A concise guide that is ideal to take to the monuments Covers a great breadth of history in an accessible, readable way Includes photos and maps

Angkor Wat

Time, Space, and Kingship
Author: Eleanor Mannikka
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824823535
Category: Art
Page: 360
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Angkor Wat, with its magnificent towers silhouetted against the rising sun, is one of the most awe-inspiring architectural visions in the world. The temple was rescued from obscurity in the mid-19th century when French explorers reported seeing great sandstone monuments in the Cambodian jungle. At the turn of the century, as clearing began and the site re-emerged from the surrounding jungle growth, the temple was on its way to becoming recognized around the world as one of our greatest architectural achievements. Despite its impressive exterior, very little was known about Angkor Wat beyond the stories told by it bas-reliefs and the inscriptions chronicling the life of its builder, King Suryavarman II. Now, Eleanor Mannikka's study brings the principles of 12th-century Khmer temple architecture to the modern world.

The Khmer Empire

Cities and Sanctuaries, Fifth to the Thirteenth Centuries
Author: Claude Jacques
Publisher: River Books Press Dist A C
ISBN: N.A
Category: Travel
Page: 279
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At its height, the Khmer empire stretched from Angkor in Cambodia as far west as Muang Singh on the border of present-day Burma and Thailand and as far north as Wat Phu on the banks of the Mekong river. Hundreds of temples and thousands of shrines marked

The Mysteries of Angkor Wat

Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Temple
Author: Richard Sobol
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 0763641669
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 42
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A guided tour by local children leads the author--and readers--inside an ancient Cambodian temple and around its ruins, where they explore the mysteries of the site and discover a little-known secret. 12,000 first printing.

World Heritage Angkor and Beyond

Circumstances and Implications of UNESCO Listings in Cambodia
Author: Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
ISBN: 3863950321
Category: Angkor (Extinct city)
Page: 224
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Angkor, the temple and palace complex of the ancient Khmer capital in Cambodia is one of the world's most famous monuments. Hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the globe visit Angkor Park, one of the finest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, every year. Since its UNESCO listing in 1992, the Angkor region has experienced an overwhelming mushrooming of hotels and restaurants; the infrastructure has been hardly able to cope with the rapid growth of mass tourism and its needs. This applies to the access and use of monument sites as well. The authors of this book critically describe and analyse the heritage nomination processes in Cambodia, especially in the case of Angkor and the temple of Preah Vihear on the Cambodian/Thai border. They examine the implications the UNESCO listings have had with regard to the management of Angkor Park and its inhabitants on the one hand, and to the Cambodian/Thai relationships on the other. Furthermore, they address issues of development through tourism that UNESCO has recognised as a welcome side-effect of heritage listings. They raise the question whether development through tourism deepens already existing inequalities rather than contributing to the promotion of the poor.

The Khmer Kings and the History of Cambodia

BOOK I - 1st Century to 1595: Funan, Chenla, Angkor and Longvek Periods
Author: Kenneth So
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781934431368
Category:
Page: 364
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The history of Cambodia is essentially the history of the Khmer kings. Power can be very seductive and addictive; and for this reason, kings or people with power would not voluntarily relinquish what they had and they would use any means necessary to maintain their control for absolute power. Sometimes it was easier for the king to rule his country than his family. This was certainly true for Cambodia when the kings begat many children from their multiple wives and concubines, creating many possible successors in competition for his throne. These shared bloodlines, across multiple generations, resulting in complicated and tumultuous family relationships wherein the family members would conspire against one another for power or the right to rule. This book also discusses the origin of the Khmers and how Chenla, the state under the vassalage of Funan, came to conquer its master state, but ultimately the kingdom had to split into the Land and Water Chenla. The breakup of Chenla brought chaos and civil wars into the region. Srivijaya (Java) invaded Water Chenla and subjugated the country to a vassal state before Jayavarman II declared Kambuja's independence from Java. A new emerging period sprung up and Angkor, also known as the Kambuja Period, replaced Chenla as the dominant state in the region. The ascendancy of Angkor reached its zenith under the reigns of Suryavarman II, the builder of Angkor Wat, and Jayavarman VII, the builder of Bayon. The emergence of Ayutthaya brought economic and military challenges to Angkor, which resulted in the fall of Angkor. The rivalry between Ayutthaya and Angkor pushed the Khmer kings to relocate their capitals farther east which started a new period, known as the Longvek period. Throughout the above periods, the Chief Brahman priests who held hereditary functions since the time of Jayavarman II were always involved in the affairs of the state and were close advisors to the kings. Their roles in shaping up the policies and affairs of the country were second only to those of the kings.

Angkor

Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples
Author: Dawn Rooney
Publisher: Odyssey Publications
ISBN: 9789622177277
Category: History
Page: 488
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The great legacy of the ancient Khmer civilization, the temples of Angkor cover an area of over 77 square miles in northwest Cambodia. These monuments, built between the ninth and 15th centuries, the classic period of Khmer art, are unrivaled in architectural greatness. They are, undoubtedly, one of the wonders of the world, astounding in their splendor and evoking a real sense of awe... This beautifully illustrated book contains background information on Khmer history, religious beliefs and legends depicted on the bas-reliefs, as well as descriptions of the architectural features. This detailed, monument-by-monument guide to the sites includes detailed maps and plans, plus information about four newly opened temple complexes accessible by helicopter!

Old Myths and New Approaches

Interpreting Ancient Religious Sites in Southeast Asia
Author: Alexandra Haendel
Publisher: Monash University Publishing
ISBN: 1921867280
Category: History
Page: 312
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Old Myths and New Approaches: Interpreting Ancient Religious Sites in Southeast Asia brings together recent research by leading experts on Southeast Asia in the pre-modern era. The authors examine sites from early and Angkor-period Cambodia and Vietnam, on the mainland, to temples in Java and Bali, and discuss many different aspects of these sites’ uses and functions. This comprehensive, innovative and interdisciplinary work will be invaluable to scholars and students of historical Southeast Asia.

Of Gods, Kings, and Men

The Reliefs of Angkor Wat
Author: T. S. Maxwell,Jaroslav Poncar
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 192
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The rich and evocative bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat have captured the imagination of travelers, artists, and scholars for centuries. Built for the Khmer king Suryavarman II in the twelfth century, the enormous temple complex consists of an outer enclosure surrounded by a moat, with three further concentric rectangular enclosures inside it. The bas-reliefs featured in this book are carved on the walls of the third enclosure. Jaroslav Poncar has brilliantly captured the detail of these huge reliefs, measuring more than two meters in height and five hundred meters in overall length, using the high-precision technique of slit-scan photography. One hundred full-page panoramic photographs bring readers within the very walls of Angkor. Scenes from the great Indian epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata are expansively explained and interpreted by Angkor expert Thomas S. Maxwell.

Temples of Cambodia

The Heart of Angkor
Author: Helen Ibbitson Jessup,Barry Brukoff
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9786167339108
Category: Angkor (Extinct city)
Page: 247
View: 2003
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The Maya


Author: Jillian Powell
Publisher: Franklin Watts
ISBN: 9781445150499
Category:
Page: 32
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What do you know about the Maya people? Explore the incredible history of South America during this time and find out how Maya people lived, worked, created and celebrated in this fascinating period in history. Discover the pyramids that they buried their dead in, the gods and goddesses they worshiped and how they fought, farmed and communicated. Craft activities support and enhance each section to bring what you've read to life. Part of the series Discover Through Craft. Twelve books that explore key curriculum topics using a mixture of activities, quizzes, facts and crafts. For children aged 7-9.

Angkor

Cities and Temples
Author: Claude Jacques
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780500974582
Category: Angkor (Extinct City)
Page: 319
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This pictorial record celebrates the cities and temples of Angkor in Southeast Asia. Ever since explorer and naturalist Henri Mouhot rediscovered the centre of Khmer civilization in Cambodia over a hundred years ago, the buildings, which date from the 9th to the 13th century, have become a source of great interest.

Khmer Mythology

Secrets of Angkor
Author: Vittorio Roveda
Publisher: Weatherhill, Incorporated
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 181
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The Khmer empire, which in its heyday extended across the whole of present-day Cambodia as far west as Burma and north into Laos, flourished for at least five hundred years. During that time, the many thousands of temples and shrines built to glorify mainly Hindu gods, but also Buddhism, were carved with intricate stone reliefs of immense size, complexity and artistry. In these pediments, lintels and many miles of walls were portrayed the lives of legends of the Hindu gods, adopted and transformed by the Khmer from Indian sources, and Buddhist themes, particularly from the reign of the great Jayavarman VII.

The Origins of the Civilization of Angkor


Author: Charles Higham
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1472502248
Category: History
Page: 144
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The Origins of the Civilization of Angkor reflects the results of a research programme conducted by Charles Higham over the last twenty years, highlighting much entirely new, and occasionally surprising, information and providing a distinct perspective on cultural change over two millennia. The book covers the background of environmental change, the adoption of rice farming, archaeogenetics, the adoption of copper-based metallurgy, the iron age and the origins of state formation.

A History of Cambodia


Author: David Chandler
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0786733152
Category: History
Page: 304
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In this clear and concise volume, author David Chandler provides a timely overview of Cambodia, a small but increasingly visible Southeast Asian nation. Praised by the Journal of Asian Studies as an “original contribution, superior to any other existing work,” this acclaimed text has now been completely revised and updated to include material examining the early history of Cambodia, whose famous Angkorean ruins now attract more than one million tourists each year, the death of Pol Pot, and the revolution and final collapse of the Khmer Rouge. The fourth edition reflects recent research by major scholars as well as Chandler's long immersion in the subject and contains an entirely new section on the challenges facing Cambodia today, including an analysis of the current state of politics and sociology and the increasing pressures of globalization. This comprehensive overview of Cambodia will illuminate, for undergraduate students as well as general readers, the history and contemporary politics of a country long misunderstood.