The Khmer empire flourished for over 500 years. At its heart was Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, built during the reign of the Khmer king Suryavarman II, in the first half of the 12th century. The temple was dedicated to Vishnu, and its magnificent architecture mirrored in microcosm the entire Hindu universe.
Vittorio Roveda has contributed to Sacred Angkor: The Carved Reliefs of Angkor Wat as an author.Vittorio Roveda has had a multi-faceted career. He gained his first doctorate in geology and stratigraphy in the 1950s, but switched interests in the 1980s to studying Asian art history. He obtained his second doctorate on the carved reliefs of Angkor Wat in 2000. Since then he has written various papers on Khmer art and spent several months every year in Cambodia.
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