1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Eric Cline, PhD)

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From about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex cosmopolitan and globalized world-system. It may have been this very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age. When the end came, the civilized and international world of the Mediterranean regions came to a dramatic halt in a vast area stretching from Greece and Italy in the west to Egypt, Canaan, and Mesopotamia in the east. Large empires and small kingdoms collapsed rapidly. With their end came the world’s first recorded Dark Ages. It was not until centuries later that a new cultural renaissance emerged in Greece and the other affected areas, setting the stage for the evolution of Western society as we know it today. Professor Eric H. Cline of The George Washington University will explore why the Bronze Age came to an end and whether the collapse of those ancient civilizations might hold some warnings for our current society.

Considered for a Pulitzer Prize for his recent book 1177 BC, Dr. Eric H. Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology and the current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University. He is a National Geographic Explorer, a Fulbright scholar, an NEH Public Scholar, and an award-winning teacher and author. He has degrees in archaeology and ancient history from Dartmouth, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania; in May 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree (honoris causa) from Muhlenberg College. Dr. Cline is an active field archaeologist with 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience.

The views expressed in this video are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Capital Area Skeptics.

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imagine you have to travel the same routes 4 times, dodging sea peoples, hippos, and pirates just because you deliver the wrong sandals to Hammurabi.

Author — SkywalkerExpress


“The G8 of the ancient world” *laughs in 2020*

Author — andrew winkenwerder


If you're arguing with your spouse over the Trojan War rather than mortgage payments or infidelity, you got a *good* marriage.

Author — Marten Anthony


“Eh it’s history it never repeats itself, but i think maybe it does”
Kraut: NANI

Author — masuda ahmed


Title of the book should have been- "In the 8th year.." or if you're more "bland- "Year Eight" ;)

Author — domain mojo


I love that this is freely accessible. What a time to be alive.

Author — Miloslav Tlamicha


One of best talks i have seen. He is the sort of lecturer that would make study a pleasure!

Author — Jeff Addinsall


This guy is funny! I love the way he speaks.

Author — J.A. Brown


This is what I miss about college sometimes. Listening to a history professor who loves his or her subject.

Author — Christopher Mills


Death Pits of Ur?

That would be an amazing Metal band name

Author — twothreebravo


We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.

Author — Lewis Taishoff


Wouldn’t Santorini’s volcano create a ash cloud to be the first domino start the process

Author — St. Silver


2016: If anybody is going to dress up for halloween
2020: No

Author — Post Polar


And now we're coming to realize that you missed one: plagues of a nearly apocalyptic, biblical proportions.. how does that factor into all this and was that a thing of this period too?

Author — Miguel Picanço


Came out of curiosity, stayed an hour because this was the most interesting history lesson I've ever listened to. Why cant middle and high school history classes be taught like this?

Author — Trevor Perry


“What caused it?” Beyond your suggestions are larger scale events that give way to famine, earthquakes, volcanoes etc. and it all has to do with the Sun. From hurricanes to solar storms our planet is constantly hammered by cosmic chaos and thereinlies The Great Cycle for which our ancestors venerated. But I knew something stood out to me, and you last words really influenced my search. I think I found the answer and this article goes as far as to suggest it’s the impact driver for the “sea people’s” migration inland from devastation. That’s the Hekla 3 Eruption.

Author — Calvin RickerCline


I was very surprised at how interesting this is. I’m getting to love U tube for all the information available. I’m not bored at all, staying at home. Thank you for a great program!👍🏻

Author — Hans- Jürgen Wiegand


Who builds their city on top of an active fault? Same people who build a nuclear power plant on an active fault.

Author — TacDyne


"The function of the body, as a group of sustaining and protective organs for the central nervous system, is to act as buffer against sudden variations of stimulus in the physical and social environment. Sudden social failure or shame is a shock that some may "take to heart" or that may cause muscular disturbances in general, signaling for the person to withdraw from the threatening situation."
[Understanding Media: The Extension of Man, Marshall McLuhan, 1964, Ch. 4: The Gadget Lover; Narcissus as Narcosis]

Author — Chalino Falcone


I gotta say, Cap’n Kangaroo is one of the best lecturers I’ve ever listened to . Precise, entertaining, and a pleasure to listen to! ! Bravo!!!

Author — Mike Charron