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PUBLIC LECTURES
  on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 17.30

The Birth of Angkor. The Angkorian period I: From Yaĥovarman I (end of ninth century) till the end of the tenth century

CEU, Nador u. 11, TIGY Room

 

Lecturer(s):
Claude Jacques




This public lecture is part of a lecture series sponsored by Hunincor Ltd.


Claude Jacques is a French epigraphist, historian, and specialist of ancient Khmer culture. As the doyen of epigraphic studies of the Angkorian civilization, he is probably the greatest living authority on Angkor and the ancient Khmer empire. After completing his PhD in Lyon and Paris, he was a fellow at the French Institute of Indology in Pondichéry (India 1959-61). His first involvement in Cambodia came in 1961 when he took on the position of professor of epigraphy and art at the Royal Phnom Penh University. Four years later he helped to 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 (French Institute for the Studies of the Far East). An expert in the Sanskrit, Khmer and Cham scripts, he spent the next twenty years teaching Southeast Asian history. In 1973 he was elected to a Chair of epigraphy at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (France), IVth section. Since 1993, he has worked as a special adviser to the General Director of UNESCO for Angkor and Cambodia. Claude Jacques is already a seasoned author, having published a number of seminal monographs on the epigraphic material of the Angkorian civilization and two excellent books with ace photographer Michael Freeman, Angkor Cities & Temples in 1997 and Ancient Angkor in 1999.



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