Presented by Eric H. Cline, The George Washington University
A “perfect storm of calamities”—earthquakes, droughts and rebellions—caused the demise of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500-1200 B.C.). The great empires and mighty kingdoms of the ancient world—the Egyptians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots and Canaanites—all suddenly collapsed. Hear how Dr. Eric Cline relates the lessons of this amazing historical era to the ongoing turbulence and uncertainty of our own day.
Eric H. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at the George Washington University. He is codirector of the Megiddo (Biblical Armageddon) and Tel Kabri excavations and he has conducted fieldwork in Israel, Greece, Jordan and Egypt. He is an award-winning author of numerous books and almost 100 articles, and has twice won the BAS publication award for “Best Popular Book on Archaeology.” His book 1177 B.C. The Year Civilization Collapsed (Princeton Univ. Press, 2014) was described in The New Yorker as “new and exciting ... adding an archaic flavor to the current stew of apprehension and awe about where the world is going, and what we might find when it gets there.”
Run time: Approx. 1 hour