Angkor and the Khmer Civilization

ISBN-10: 0500284423
ISBN-13: 9780500284421
Edition: 2005
Authors: Michael D. Coe
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 2/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The Classic-period kings ruled over the Khmer empire from 802AD for more than five centuries, and this volume examines the massive architectural achievements of this period, including the huge capital city of Angkor, with the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, the world's largest religious structure.

Brian K. Blount is Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Preface
Chronological Table
Introduction
The age of 'discovery'
The Mekong Exploration Commission
The age of EFEO
The ancient Khmer Empire
The rebirth of Khmer archaeology
Periods
The Setting
The Lower Mekong Basin
The regions
Flora and fauna
Rice: the Khmer staff of life
Peoples and Languages
Cambodian genesis
The peopling of Southeast Asia
Languages: the big picture
The Khmer language
Writing
Who are the Khmer?
The Khmer Before History
Hunters and gatherers
The Early Farming period
The diffusion of rice and village life
Iron Age chiefdoms (c. 500 BC to c. AD 200-500)
The circular earthworks puzzle
The 'red soils' earthworks
Rock paintings
The Khmer before the great transformation
Winds of Change: The Early Kingdoms Period
'Funan' and 'Zhenla'
The Delta chiefdoms
Hands across the sea
Indianization
Oc Eo and early maritime contacts
From chiefdoms to kingdoms
Angkor Borei
Sambor Prei Kuk
Banteay Prei Nokor
Wat Phu
The bronzes of Prakhon Chai
Special section: Hinduism
Special section: Buddhism
The Classic Angkor Period: From Kingdom to Empire
The founding of the Khmer Empire
Special section: Dynastic succession in Cambodia
Hariharalaya: a proto-Angkor
The 'Glory-bearing City': the founding of Angkor
Interlude at Koh Ker
Disruption and rebirth
Special section: Banteay Srei
'Protected by the Sun': the triumph of Suryavarman
The Baphuon and the building of Phimai
Suryavarman II, builder of Angkor Wat
Special section: Angkor Wat
Disaster
Rebirth of the empire: Jayavarman VII
Reaction and iconoclasm
On the eve
The Life and Culture of Classic Angkor
The sources
The divisions of Classic Khmer society
Administration of the city and empire
Law and order in ancient Angkor
The economy
Communications and transportation
Architecture and the building trade
Arts and crafts
Daily life in ancient Angkor
Entertainment and the performing arts
Classic Khmer ritual life
Warfare and the military
Thought and culture in Classic Angkor
Angkor: city and state
The Post-Classic Period: Decline and Transformation
The collapse of Classic Angkor
The sources
Theravada Buddhism and its meaning for Cambodia
Angkor as a Theravada Buddhist complex
Geopolitics
The course of Post-Classic history
Post-Classic society and administration
Trade and commerce
Post-Classic warfare
The art of the Post-Classic
Mental life in Post-Classic Cambodia
Epilogue
Rulers of the Khmer
Visiting Angkor
Notes to the Text
Further Reading
Sources of Illustrations
Index

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