For nearly 1400 years, the Anuradhapura Kingdom flourished as one of the great civilisations of the ancient world. Its capital, resplendent with gleaming white dagobas and huge monasteries with thousands of monks proclaimed its opulence and grandeur. The people and their unique culture prospered. Then, in the space of just a few years, it was snuffed out, abandoned, engulfed by forest, and forgotten.
What happened? Why did a civilisation that had thrived for so long suddenly collapse and disappear into the realms of folk memory? Who caused it? Why did it happen?
The Story of Anuradhapura is a beautifully illustrated, easy to read book that presents the fascinating tale of the Anuradhapura Kingdom. Senani Ponnamperuma is a brilliant storyteller, who for the very first time has brought the story of this great civilisation alive. Using a crisp narrative style and numerous illustrations and photographs he brings to light much new information and many previously unknown and overlooked facts.
This book is ideal for those who are curious about the story of Anuradhapura, planning a trip there, have already visited and desire a deeper understanding of its history, just want a great coffee table book to browse through, or as an ideal gift for someone special.
|Publisher:||Nihal Senani Ponnamperuma|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.56(d)|
About the Author
Senani had a successful career in Information Technology. He was the CIO of two large Australian retailers and spent many years as a senior IT Consultant. Senani's website, Trishan's Oz, a website about Australia created in 1997, won numerous prestigious awards and was visited by over 1.6 million people in just four years. It was selected by the National Library of Australia "for the preservation and long-term access of Australian online electronic publications of national significance." Senani is also the creator of a number of websites on Sri Lanka.
Table of ContentsPART 1 - THE STORY 9
THE ISLAND OF LANKA 13
THE GREAT CHRONICLES 14
THE STORY OF VIJAYA 16
AGE OF MAJESTY 25
AGE OF ANARCHY 77
AGE OF REVIVAL 89
AGE OF COLLAPSE 109
PART 2 - THE KINGDOM 125
PART 3 - THE SITE 149