The End of the Bronze Age
Changes in Warfare and the Catastrophe ca. 1200 B.C.
The Bronze Age came to a close early in the twelfth century b.c. with one of the worst calamities in history: over a period of several decades, destruction descended upon key cities throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, bringing to an end the Levantine, Hittite, Trojan, and Mycenaean kingdoms and plunging some lands into a dark age that would last more than four hundred years. In his attempt to account for this destruction, Robert Drews rejects the traditional explanations and proposes a military one instead.Robert Drews is Professor of Classics and History at Vanderbilt University and the author of The Coming of the Greeks: Indo-European Conquests in the Aegean and the Near East (Princeton).