Vol.7, No.2 | [Book Review] 1177 B.C. The Year Civilization Collapsed Eric H. Cline, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2014, xx, 237 p., ISBN: 978-0-691-14089-6




This book is the first in a new series edited by the influential historian Barry Strauss under the title Turning points in ancient history. The series aims to highlight with each publication a “crucial event or key moment in the ancient world” (xiii). Eric H. Cline, professor of classics and anthropology as well as director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University, successfully undertakes the difficult task of summarizing and analyzing the disparate sources and scholarly works on the events or processes that led to the collapse of several powerful polities in the Aegean, Anatolia, Mesopotamia and the Levant at the end of the Bronze Age. This dramatic transition to the early Iron Age, also known in the Aegean as the Dark Ages, is undoubtedly of crucial significance but less present in the common historical consciousness - a situation that Cline’s knowledgeable and comprehensive work is clearly capable of changing.

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