Angkor: History & Temples (Revised edition)
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The Khmer civilisation centred on Angkor was one of the most remarkable wonders of the ancient world. From the 8th to the 13th centuries, a succession of Hindu and Buddhist kings created magnificent temples in stone, adorned with elaborate carvings. The temples of Angkor have recently been listed in the top three World Heritage Sites by members of the public and all the key temples of Angkor are included here, profusely illustrated in colour, with site plans and suggested daily itineraries. 'Angkor: History & Temples' is a collaboration between the French scholar, Claudes Jacques, and one of the world's leading photographers, Michael Freeman and this fully revised and updated guide will be a must to those visiting the site for a first time, those revisiting and indeed as a standalone book for the armchair traveller. The book includes 47 temple plans, 5 area maps, suggested itineraries and is lavishly illustrated throughout.
Michael Freeman (born 1945), is a British author, photographer and journalist. One of his main specialisations has been Asian culture, architecture and archaeology, and he has photographed and written many books on these. He has written more than 40 books on the subject of photography, in particular its practice, and for two of these he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc in 1990 from the Musee Francais de la Photographie in Bievres, France. Claude Jacques was born in France in 1929, studying in Lyon and Paris before a fellowship in India. His first involvement in Cambodia came in September 1961 when he took on the position of professor of epigraphy and art at the Royal Phnom Penh University. Four years later he helped create the faculty of archaeology at the university. Throughout his nine years in Cambodia, he also pursued his own research at Angkor and elsewhere as a member of the EFEO, following in the footsteps of the late great George Coedes, before returning to Paris in 1970. An expert in Sanskrit, Khmer and Cham scripts, he spent the next twenty years teaching South East Asian history at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, before being appointed a special advisor to the UNESCO director-general for Angkor and Cambodia. It was Jacques who in December 1998 spotted an inscribed steel from the remote Banteay Chhmar complex in an antique shop in Bangkok and raised the alarm that major parts of the temple's carvings had been stolen (with some of them subsequently recovered). He shows little sign of slowing down in his quest to unravel and share the secrets of the ancient Khmer empire.
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