1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Revised and Updated edition 2021)

Cline, Eric H.


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From acclaimed archaeologist and bestselling author Eric Cline, a breathtaking account of how the collapse of an ancient civilised world ushered in the first Dark Ages In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the ‘Sea Peoples’ invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy defeated them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilisations. 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, famine, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life a vibrant multicultural world, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires of the age and shows that it may have been their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse. Now revised and updated, 1177 B.C. sheds light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and eventually destroyed, the flourishing civilisations of the Late Bronze Age-and set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece and, ultimately, our world today. ‘The memorable thing about Cline’s book is the strangely recognisable picture he paints of this very faraway time…It was as globalised and cosmopolitan a time as any on record, albeit within a much smaller cosmos. The degree of interpenetration and of cultural sharing is astonishing.’ — Adam Gopnik, New Yorker ‘Engaging…[An] absorbing tour of the Late Bronze Age.’ — Josephine Quinn, London Review of Books

Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/02/2021

ISBN: 9780691208015 Category: