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Author Cline, Eric H., author

Title 1177 B.C. : the year civilization collapsed / Eric H. Cline ; with a new afterword by the author
Edition Ninth printing, first paperback printing
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 241 pages) : maps
Series Turning Points in Ancient History
Turning points in ancient history.
Contents The collapse of civilizations : 1177 BC -- Of arms and the man : the fifteenth century BC -- An (Aegean) affair to remember : the fourteenth century BC -- Fighting for gods and country : the thirteenth century BC -- The end of an era : the twelfth century BC -- A "perfect storm" of calamities -- The aftermath
Summary "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? In this major new account of the causes of this "First Dark Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping story of how the end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries. A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age--and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Print version record
Subject Bronze age -- Mediterranean Region.
Sea Peoples.
Mediterranean Region -- Civilization.
Mediterranean Region -- History -- To 476.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Strauss, Barry S., editor
ISBN 1400849985 (electronic bk.)
1400874491 (electronic bk.)
9781400849987 (electronic bk.)
9781400874491 (electronic bk.)