Book Search Options:  

 

 
Google full text of our books:

     
bookjacket

1177 B.C.:
The Year Civilization Collapsed
Eric H. Cline

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

Hardcover | 2014 | $29.95 | £19.95 | ISBN: 9780691140896
264 pp. | 6 x 9 | 10 halftones. 2 maps.
Add to Shopping Cart

eBook | ISBN: 9781400849987 |
Our eBook editions are available from these online vendors

Also available as an audiobook

Reviews | Table of Contents
Prologue[PDF] pdf-icon

Google full text of this book:
 

A Q&A with Eric H. Cline
New edition available in paperback

National Book Festival

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the “Sea Peoples” invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen?

In this major new account of the causes of this “First Dark Ages,” 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, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries.

A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age—and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.

Eric H. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. An active archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. His many books include From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible and The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction.

Review:

"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

"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

"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."--Evan M. Anderson, Library Journal

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

"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

"1177 B.C. tells the story of one of history's greatest mysteries. . . . . [It] is the finest account to date of one of the turning points in history."--Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules--for Now

More reviews

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations xi
Series Editor’s Foreword xiii
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xix
PROLOGUE
The Collapse of Civilizations: 1177 BC 1
CHAPTER ONE
Act I. Of Arms and the Man: The Fifteenth Century BC 14
CHAPTER TWO
Act II. An (Aegean) Affair to Remember: The Fourteenth Century BC 43
CHAPTER THREE
Act III. Fighting for Gods and Country: The Thirteenth Century BC 73
CHAPTER FOUR
Act IV. The End of an Era: The Twelfth Century BC 102
CHAPTER FIVE
A "Perfect Storm" of Calamities? 139
EPILOGUE
The Aftermath 171
Dramatis Personae 177
Notes 181
Bibliography 201
Index 229

Another Princeton book authored or coauthored by Eric H. Cline:

Series:

Subject Area:

Shopping Cart:

  • For ebooks:

Our eBook editions are available
from these online vendors:

  • Amazon Kindle Store
  • Apple iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Store
  • Google Play eBook Store
  • Intel Education Study eBook Store
  • Kobo eBook Store
  • Many of our ebooks are available through
    library electronic resources including these platforms:

  • Books at JSTOR
  • Ebrary
  • Ebook Library
  • EBSCO Ebooks
  • MyiLibrary
  • Dawsonera (UK)

  • For hardcover/paperback orders in United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

     Hardcover : $29.95 ISBN: 9780691140896

    Add to shopping cart
    View contents of your shopping cart

    For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Pakistan

     Hardcover : £19.95 ISBN: 9780691140896

    Add to shopping cart
    View contents of your shopping cart

    Prices subject to change without notice

    File created: 8/11/2015

    Questions and comments to: webmaster@press.princeton.edu
    Princeton University Press

    New Book E-mails
    New In Print
    PUP Blog
    Videos/Audios
    Princeton APPS
    Sample Chapters
    Subjects
    Series
    Catalogs
    Princeton Legacy Library
    Exam/Desk Copy
    Textbooks
    Media/Reviewers
    Rights/Permissions
    Ordering
    Recent Awards
    Princeton Shorts
    Freshman Reading
    PUP Europe
    About Us
    Contact Us
    Links
    F.A.Q.
    PUP Home


    Bookmark and Share
    Send me emails
    about new books in:
    Archaeology and Ancient History
    More Choices