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At its peak in the 12th and 13th centuries CE, the Khmer Empire controlled much of what we now consider to be mainland Southeast Asia.  The heart of Angkorian civilization lay at the banks of the Tonle Sap, in a series of 9th through 14th century capitals with temples, shrines, and palaces that housed the ruling family and elites.  This lecture showcases two of the greatest architectural achievements in the Angkorian world: the 10th century temple of Banteay Srei (Fortress of Women), and Angkor Thom (the city of Angkor’s last great ruler: Jayavarman VII).  While Banteay Srei epitomizes the refinement of Angkorian aesthetics and architecture, Angkor Thom represents the apex of Angkorian monumentality.  Recent archaeological research in the Greater Angkor region is presented to contextualize these great monuments, and sheds light on the economy and daily lives of Angkorian Khmers.

Coe, Michael D. 2003. Angkor and the Khmer Civilization. Thames and Hudson, London.
Freeman, Michael and Claude Jacques. 1999.  Ancient Angkor. Bangkok, River Books.


FYI, earlier the same weekend:

The World of Phrygian Gordion

A conference accompanying the new exhibit at the Penn Museum, “The Golden Age of King Midas” 

April 1-2, 2016,

Penn Museum

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