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By Eric H. Cline

In 1177 B.C., marauding teams identified 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 many years. not more Minoans or Mycenaeans. not more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economic climate and cultures of the overdue moment millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, all at once ceased to exist, in addition to writing platforms, know-how, and enormous structure. however the Sea Peoples by myself couldn't have prompted 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 tip used to be caused via a number of interconnected disasters, starting from invasion and insurrection to earthquakes, drought, and the slicing of foreign exchange routes. Bringing to lifestyles the colourful multicultural international of those nice civilizations, he attracts a sweeping landscape of the empires and globalized peoples of the past due Bronze Age and exhibits that it was once their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic cave in and ushered in a depressing age that lasted centuries.

A compelling blend of narrative and the newest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new gentle at the complicated ties that gave upward thrust to, and finally destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the past due Bronze Age--and that set the level for the emergence of classical Greece.

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