Of Gods, Kings and Men: The Reliefs of Angkor Wat by Thomas S. MaxwellOf Gods, Kings and Men: The Reliefs of Angkor Wat by Thomas S. Maxwell

Of Gods, Kings and Men: The Reliefs of Angkor Wat

byThomas S. MaxwellPhotographerJaroslav Poncar

Hardcover | March 27, 2007

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The rich and evocative bas-reliefs of Angkor Wat have captured the imagination of travelers, artists, and scholars for centuries. Built for the Khmer king Suryavarman II in the twelfth century, the enormous temple complex consists of an outer enclosure surrounded by a moat, with three further concentric rectangular enclosures inside it. The bas-reliefs featured in this book are carved on the walls of the third enclosure.

Jaroslav Poncar has brilliantly captured the detail of these huge reliefs, measuring more than two meters in height and five hundred meters in overall length, using the high-precision technique of slit-scan photography. One hundred full-page panoramic photographs bring readers within the very walls of Angkor. Scenes from the great Indian epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata are expansively explained and interpreted by Angkor expert Thomas S. Maxwell.

Jaroslav Poncar is professor for photo engineering and media technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne. He is currently in charge of photographic documentation of Angkor Wat as part of the UNESCO program for the preservation of Angkor.
Title:Of Gods, Kings and Men: The Reliefs of Angkor WatFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:192 pages, 6.61 × 10.98 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:6.61 × 10.98 × 0.75 inPublished:March 27, 2007Publisher:Silkworm BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9749511182

ISBN - 13:9789749511183


Table of Contents

IntroductionCreation Out of Conflict: Vishnu at the Churning of the OceanThe Battle of Pragjyotisha: Vishnu-Krishna and the Army of NarakaThe Battle of Shonitapura: Vishnu-Krishna and the Asura BanaThe Tarakamaya War: Vishnu and the Asura KalanemiThe Battle of Lanka: Rama and RavanaThe Battle of Kurukshetra: Yudhishthira and SalyaKing Paramavishnuloka and the Apparatus of StateKing Yama and the Apparatus of DeathThe Four Sides: The Cosmic CycleAppendix 1: Slit-Scan-Technik at Angkor / Jaroslav PoncarAppendix 2: Asian Names and Terms / Thomas S. MaxwellAppendix 3: Sanskrit and Old Khmer Sources / Thomas S. MaxwellFootnotes and Bibliography / Thomas S. Maxwell