by Eric H. Cline 

A bold reassessment of what caused the Late Bronze Age collapse

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the “Sea Peoples” invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen?

Interview with the Author

New Books Network
Eric H. Cline, “1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed”
10/7/15      86 min

The Levantini Podcast
1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
6/17/20       75 min

The Long Now
Eric Cline: 1177 B.C. : When Civilization Collapsed
1/11/16        88 min

Ancient Greece Declassified
02 Bronze Age Apocalypse 1177BC w/ Eric Cline
9/24/16      49 min

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