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Angkor and the Khmer Civilization

Angkor and the Khmer Civilization

Hardback Ancient Peoples & Places

By (author) Michael D. Coe

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 246mm x 22mm | 857g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500021171
  • ISBN 13: 9780500021170
  • Illustrations note: 130 illustrations, (22 colour )

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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. It also draws attention to the imperial road system that bound together the region's provincial centres. The gigantic hydraulic system, still a source of controversy, is believed by many to have provided the agricultural basis of Angkor's grandeur and power, and its nature and function are discussed here. The final chapter describes the post-Classical period that set the stage for the entry of the Khmer into the modern era.

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Michael D. Coe is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Yale University. Among his many other books are The Maya, Breaking the Maya Code, Reading the Maya Glyphs, Mexico and, with Sophie Coe, The True History of Chocolate.

Table of contents

1. Introduction - 2. The Setting - 3. Peoples and Languages - 4. The Khmer before History - 5. Winds of Change: The Early Kingdoms Period - 6. The Classic Angkor Period: From Kingdom to Empire - 7. The Life and Culture of Classic Angkor - 8. The Post-Classic Period: Decline and Transformation - List of Rulers; Notes; Further Reading