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By Eric H. Cline

In 1177 B.C., marauding teams recognized purely because the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's military and military controlled to defeat them, however the victory so weakened Egypt that it quickly slid into decline, as did lots of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized international of the Bronze Age got here to an abrupt and cataclysmic finish. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the process quite a few a long time. not more Minoans or Mycenaeans. not more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economic system and cultures of the past due moment millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, without notice ceased to exist, in addition to writing structures, expertise, and huge structure. however the Sea Peoples on my own couldn't have triggered such common breakdown. How did it happen?

In this significant new account of the factors of this "First darkish Ages," Eric Cline tells the gripping tale of the way the top used to be caused via a number of interconnected mess ups, starting from invasion and insurrection to earthquakes, drought, and the slicing of foreign alternate routes. Bringing to existence the colourful multicultural global of those nice civilizations, he attracts a sweeping landscape of the empires and globalized peoples of the past due Bronze Age and indicates that it was once their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic cave in and ushered in a dismal age that lasted centuries.

A compelling blend of narrative and the most recent scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new mild at the complicated ties that gave upward push to, and eventually destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the past due Bronze Age--and that set the degree for the emergence of classical Greece.

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