The Civilization of Angkor

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Phoenix, 2003 - 192 ページ

A short history of the ancient civilization of Angkor, home to the spectacular temple of Angkor Wat.

In the late sixteenth century a mythical encounter was reported on an elephant hunt in the dense jungle north of the Tonle Sap, or Great Lake, of central Cambodia. King Satha of Cambodia and his retainers were beating a path through the undergrowth when they were halted by stone giants, and then a massive wall. The King, the fable reported, ordered 6,000 men to bring down the wall, thereby exposing the city of Angkor 'lost' for over a century.

Subsequent reports from Portuguese missionaries described its four gateways, with bridges flanked by stone figures leading across a moat. There were idols covered in gold, inscriptions, fountains, canals, and 'a temple with five towers, called Angor [sic]'. For four centuries, this huge complex has inspired awe amongst visitors from all over the world, but only now are its origins and history becoming clear.

This book begins with the progress of the prehistoric communities of the area and draws on the author¿s recent excavations to portray the rich and expansive chiefdoms that existed at the dawn of civilization. It covers the origins of early states, up to the establishment, zenith and decline of this extraordinary civilization, whose most impressive achievement was the construction of the gilded temple mausoleum of Angkor Wat, in the twelfth century, allegedly by 70,000 people.

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ユーザー レビュー  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

A very interesting analysis of the Kingdom of Angkor through archaeological evidence. It chronicles the entire duration of this civilization that lasted until about the 15th century. The kings ... レビュー全文を読む

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ユーザー レビュー  - corracreigh - LibraryThing

As far as I'm concerned this is an absolute "must read". I love my travels to South East Asia, and Angkor War is firmly on my bucket list; any of my friends who have visited have no qualims in recommending time be spent in a visit レビュー全文を読む

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著者について (2003)

Charles Higham has been active in archaeological research in Southeast Asia since 1969. He has published a series of final excavation reports and is the author of two major syntheses of the region's prehistory, The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia, and The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

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