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  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (18 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491581433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491581438
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Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2014 (and first-ever) "Best Popular Book" award from the American Schools of Oriental Research for his recent book "1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed," DR. ERIC H. CLINE is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute, and former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at The George Washington University, in Washington DC. A National Geographic Explorer and Fulbright scholar with degrees from Dartmouth, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, he is an active field archaeologist with 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States, including ten seasons at the site of Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel, where he is Co-Director, and seven seasons at Tel Kabri, where he is also Co-Director. A three-time winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society's "Best Popular Book on Archaeology" Award (2001, 2009, and 2011) and a popular lecturer who has appeared frequently on television documentaries, he has also won national and local awards for both his research and his teaching. He is the author or editor of 16 books, almost 100 articles, and three recorded 14-lecture courses. His previous books written specifically for the general public include "The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age" (2000), "Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel" (2004), "From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible" (2007), "Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction" (2009), "The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction" (2013), and, most recently, "1177 BC: The Year Civilzation Collapsed" (2014). He has also co-authored a children's book on Troy, entitled "Digging for Troy" (2011). For a video of his "Last Lecture" talk, go to http://vimeo.com/7091059.

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Winner of the 2014 Award for the Best Popular Book, American Schools of Oriental Research
One of The New York Post’s Best Books of 2014
Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Archeology & Anthropology, Association of American Publishers
One of The Australian’s Best Books of the Year in 2014, chosen by filmmaker Bruce Beresford

"A new and exciting book fell into my lap the other day, 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. The book, by Eric H. Cline, an archeologist and anthropologist, is called 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. It adds that remote date, previously inauspicious to all but scholars of the Late Bronze Age, to other, later ones--475 A.D., when Rome got sacked for good; 1348, the first year of the Black Plague; and that grim centennial favorite, 1914--as one more marker showing how a thriving civilization can gasp, fall over, and give up. . . . The memorable thing about Cline's book is the strangely recognizable picture he paints of this very faraway time. . . . It was as globalized 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

"Cline has created an excellent, concise survey of the major players of the time, the latest archaeological developments, and the major arguments, including his own theories, regarding the nature of the collapse that fundamentally altered the area around the Mediterranean and the Near East. . . . This admirable introduction to the study of the era between the glorious past of Egypt (the Great Pyramid was already 1,500 years old) and the rise of Classical Greece (another 750 years away) will be appreciated by both generalists and classics buffs."--Evan M. Anderson, Library Journal

"In his new book, archaeologist Eric H. Cline introduces us to a past world with eerie resonance for modern times. . . . However stark a bellwether this represents for us, we can at least take comfort in knowing that should our society collapse, chances are good that something fascinating will emerge in its place."--Larry Getlen, New York Post

"Offers students and the interested lay antiquarian a sense of the rich picture that is emerging from debates among the ruins. . . . Given how the 21st century is shaping up, [1177 B.C.] may yet become a common reference point--and one of more than antiquarian relevance."--Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed

"In this enjoyable new book, Eric H. Cline has set himself an ambitious task: Not only must he educate a popular audience about the wealth and power of the eastern Mediterranean civilizations of the Bronze Age, he must then make his readers care that, some time around the year 1200 b.c., these empires, kingdoms, and cities suffered a series of cataclysms from which they never recovered."--Susan Kristol, Weekly Standard

"Fresh and engaging."--Andrew Robinson, Current World Archaeology

"This story is not new, having been told by Robert Drews (The End of the Bronze Age, 1993) and Nancy Sandars (The Sea Peoples, 1985). Cline's contribution is to extend these seminal works by including and analyzing all the relevant material brought to light in the last two decades and to tell an engaging tale. His extensive presentation of source materials in the footnotes and bibliography of 1177 BC makes the book extremely valuable for scholars, yet he explains the complexities of his subject in language easily understandable by general readers."--Richard A. Gabriel, Military History Quarterly

"Cline's Bronze Age shares characteristics with our own age, and if we accept this, we can only conclude that Cline has written one of this year's most interesting books."--Jona Lendering, NRC Handelsblad

"Intriguing . . . lively, engaging."--Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online

"Cline's work reveals eerie parallels between the geopolitics of the first years of 12th century BC and today's 21st century. 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed is history, but reads like a good mystery novel. Cline draws readers into his tale, revealing surprises throughout. It is all the more fascinating for being true, and for its relevance to today's world."--Mark Lardas, Daily News (Galveston, TX)

"Scholarly divergences of judgment aside, Cline's book remains essential."--Thomas F. Bertonneau, Brussels Journal

"1177 B.C.: the Year Civilization Collapsed is a wonderful example of scholarship written for the non-expert. Cline clearly pulls together the engaging story of the interactions among the major empires of the Late Bronze Age and puts forth a reasonable theory explaining why they seem to have evaporated as quickly as moisture on a hot afternoon."--Fred Reiss, San Diego Jewish World

"Eric H. Cline has written a work of great scholarship, but has written in a manner so that the non-expert . . . can not only understand, but also appreciate it. . . . [H]e has brought together the latest thinking on the matter. Perhaps more importantly he has drawn comparisons with the modern world. Maybe we might look at those ancient civilizations from a new perspective."--Don Vincent, Open History

"I don't know when I've appreciated a book as much as 1177 B.C. If you enjoy learning, you will enjoy this book! Highly recommended."--Thomas A. Timmes, UNRV History

"This book is the first comprehensive account of this crisis since the publication 36 years ago of N.K. Sandar's The Sea Peoples: Warriors of the Ancient Mediterranean. . . . One of the highlights of the book is Cline's full and lucid discussion of the new archaeological evidence that has accumulated since Sandar's 1985 publication, including the excavation of shipwrecks and the discovery of texts suggesting a Hittite political context for the Trojan War. Particularly valuable is the author's convincing argument that only a multifactor analysis can account for the end of the Bronze Age."--Choice

"Highly recommended, especially for public and college library collections."--James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review

"This is a comprehensive study, based on the latest academic research, with detailed notes and a comprehensive bibliography (and a useful dramatis personae which comes in handy if you tend to confuse Ammurapi with Assuruballit or Shattiwaza with Shuttarna), but written as a gripping mystery story with clues to follow and evidence to analyse--which should appeal to readers of all levels."--SG, Ancient Egypt

"A fascinating look at the Late Bronze Age, proving that whether for culture, war, economic fluctuations or grappling with technological advancement, the conundrums we face are never new, but merely renewed for a modern age."--Larry Getlen, New York Post --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"This enthralling book describes one of the most dramatic and mysterious processes in the history of mankind--the collapse of the Bronze Age civilizations. Cline walks us through events that transpired three millennia ago, but as we follow him on this intriguing sojourn, lurking in the back of our minds are tantalizing, perpetual questions: How can prosperous cultures disappear? Can this happen again; to us?"--Israel Finkelstein, coauthor of The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts

"Impressively marshaling the most recent archaeological and historical evidence, Eric Cline sets the record straight: there was a 'perfect storm' of migrations, rebellions, and climate change that resulted in the collapse of states that were already unstable in the Late Bronze Age. There followed an 'age of opportunity' for new kinds of political systems and ideologies that remade the world of the eastern Mediterranean in the first millennium B.C. Onward and upward with collapse!"--Norman Yoffee, University of Michigan

"Cline has written a wonderfully researched and well-crafted overview of one of the most fascinating, complex, and debated periods in the history of the ancient world. Tying together an impressively broad range of disparate data, he weaves together a very convincing re-creation of the background, mechanisms, and results of the transition from the Late Bronze Age to the Iron Age in the eastern Mediterranean and beyond."--Aren Maeir, Bar-Ilan University

"1177 B.C. tells the story of one of history's greatest mysteries. Unknown invaders shattered the splendid civilizations of the Bronze Age Mediterranean in a tidal wave of fire and slaughter, before Egypt's pharaoh turned them back in a fierce battle on the banks of the Nile. We do not know who these attackers were, and perhaps we never will; but no archaeologist is better equipped to guide us through this dramatic story than Eric Cline. 1177 B.C. is the finest account to date of one of the turning points in history."--Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules--for Now

"This book is a very valuable and very timely addition to the scholarship on the end of the Late Bronze Age. Cline provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and up-to-date treatment of one of the most dramatic and enigmatic periods in the history of the ancient world."--Trevor Bryce, author of The World of the Neo-Hittite Kingdoms: A Political and Military History

"This is an excellent, thought-provoking book that brings to life an era that is not well known to most readers."--Amanda H. Podany, author of Brotherhood of Kings: How International Relations Shaped the Ancient Near East

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Some time around 1300 BC a cargo ship sank at Uluburun, off the coast of Turkey. On board was a huge range of goods from at least seven different countries, including a stone mace from the Balkans, tin from Afghanistan and a gold scarab inscribed with the name of Nefertiti.

This shipment demonstrates that far from being a collection of isolated kingdoms, the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean belonged to “an interconnected world of trade, migration, diplomacy ... the first truly global age”. But just over a hundred years later, this thriving civilisation suddenly collapsed, plunging the region into the world’s first Dark Age.

The year 1177 BC, according to Eric Cline, marks a turning point for the ancient world – the eighth year in the reign of Rameses III, a year of great land and sea battles as a huge mass of marauding ‘Sea Peoples’ (a coalition of peoples from many different areas), swept through the region wreaking havoc. Egypt survived but became a mere shadow of her former glory. But to what extent were the Sea Peoples to blame for this catastrophic decline? Were they “as much victims as they were the aggressors”?

To put this momentous year into context, Cline goes back to 1477 BC Egypt and Thutmose III’s new palace at Peru-nefer (Avaris) decorated with Minoan style frescoes – evidence of the extent of international contact, trade and influence around the Mediterranean during this period.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2014
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1177 B.C. The Year Civilization Collapsed, Eric H Cline, Princeton UP, 2014, 237pp (+xx)

This is a very readable survey of the current archaeological and academic studies of the civilizations that flourished in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean regions in the late Bronze Age, and the various theories as to why they collapsed, following what has been described as a Golden Age. There are many theories as to why this period ended when it did - and even more if, as the author points out, you count the ones that appear on cable TV programmes (which he doesn't).

The author paints a picture of the great civilisations flourishing in this area of study from the fifteenth to the twelfth century B.C. (and not BCE, I am pleased to see). He doesn't appear to have any particular axe to grind (unlike cable TV historians), and is able to give the pros and cons of the evidence found at various sites by various people over the years.

He shows us how our understanding of the period has evolved since the first modern archaeologists began to systematically study the remains of the period, and their findings as to how the civilizations of the period interacted, and how each one came to fall. As it turns out, each one appears to have fallen for a different reason, but all the separate reasons coming together in a relatively short space of time contributed to a general system collapse, so that, [spoiler alert] as in "Murder on the Orient Express", they all did it. Just as we are now beginning to see that the dinosaurs did not all die on or about the afternoon of a particular Tuesday in 64,000,000 B.C.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2014
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Dates as titles. Think the trend started with Charles Mann's 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus (Vintage). Since every school kid (at least in America) is quite familiar with what the next year represents, Mann did not need to elaborate on the subject matter. It was intuitively understood. Not so "1177 B.C." "The year civilization collapsed" is essential in conveying the book's subject matter. I've read a fair amount of history, but relatively little on the ancient world. Embarrassingly, I only recently got around to reading the The Odyssey. The version of the latter work that I read was a fresh translation by Barry Powell. In his introduction, he described how there was a Greek "dark age" that commenced around the year 1200 BC. Powell's comments seemed to be a perfect introduction to this work, which would tell me more.

Eric H. Cline presents a compelling portrait of the Late Bronze Age. Overall, what historians call the Bronze Age covered the two millenniums prior to 1200 B.C. There were a number of civilizations in the area that we still call the Middle East and its environs. Some of the names are readily recognizable by the non-specialist, others are far more obscure; Mycenea (Greece), Hittite (central Turkey), Egyptian, Assyrian, Canaan, Mesopotamia, Ugarit (northern coastal Syria), Crete (Knossis), Cyprus, and Mitanni. They made alliances, fought wars, and traded with each other.
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