After 1177 B.C.: The Survival of Civilizations

After 1177 B.C.: The Survival of Civilizations

by Eric H. Cline
After 1177 B.C.: The Survival of Civilizations

After 1177 B.C.: The Survival of Civilizations

by Eric H. Cline


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The follow-up to the epic 1177 B.C., Eric Cline shifts his focus to, as the title suggests, the rise and fall of empires after 1177 B.C. Centered on the Bronze Age in and around the Mediterranean, this is an exhaustive look at society and humanity at such a pivotal time and place.

In this gripping sequel to his bestselling 1177 B.C., Eric Cline tells the story of what happened after the Bronze Age collapsed—why some civilizations endured, why some gave way to new ones, and why some disappeared forever

“A landmark book: lucid, deep, and insightful. . . . You cannot understand human civilization and self-organization without studying what happened on, before, and after 1177 B.C.”—Nassim Nicholas Taleb, bestselling author of The Black Swan

At the end of the acclaimed history 1177 B.C., many of the Late Bronze Age civilizations of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean lay in ruins, undone by invasion, revolt, natural disasters, famine, and the demise of international trade. An interconnected world that had boasted major empires and societies, relative peace, robust commerce, and monumental architecture was lost and the so-called First Dark Age had begun. Now, in After 1177 B.C., Eric Cline tells the compelling story of what happened next, over four centuries, across the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean world. It is a story of resilience, transformation, and success, as well as failures, in an age of chaos and reconfiguration.

After 1177 B.C. tells how the collapse of powerful Late Bronze Age civilizations created new circumstances to which people and societies had to adapt. Those that failed to adjust disappeared from the world stage, while others transformed themselves, resulting in a new world order that included Phoenicians, Philistines, Israelites, Neo-Hittites, Neo-Assyrians, and Neo-Babylonians. Taking the story up to the resurgence of Greece marked by the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C., the book also describes how world-changing innovations such as the use of iron and the alphabet emerged amid the chaos.

Filled with lessons for today's world about why some societies survive massive shocks while others do not, After 1177 B.C. reveals why this period, far from being the First Dark Age, was a new age with new inventions and new opportunities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691192130
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/16/2024
Series: Turning Points in Ancient History , #12
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 11,377
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Eric H. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology at George Washington University. He is the author of Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology, Digging Deeper: How Archaeology Works, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, and (with Glynnis Fawkes) 1177 B.C.: A Graphic History of the Year Civilization Collapsed (all Princeton).

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“In this worthy sequel to his masterpiece 1177 B.C., Eric Cline takes us into the chaos and confusion of the ancient Mediterranean in an era of social breakdown. We see the fall and sometimes rise of great empires, the persistence through troubled times of fabled cities, and the loss and ultimate revival of writing, long-distance trade, and elevated arts. Above all, Cline insightfully reveals that even in times of the direst crisis, some people find ways to control their fates—while some do not.”—Ian Morris, author of Geography Is Destiny: Britain and the World: A 10,000-Year History

“Cline uses his encyclopedic knowledge of the ancient Mediterranean world to give you a front-row seat to a fascinating and controversial time in human history—a period that faced the same question we face today: What happens to civilizations after climate change, war, and disease? After 1177 B.C. is a tour de force that will open your eyes—and give you much-needed hope for today and our future.”—Sarah Parcak, author of Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past

“Eric Cline wrote the landmark book on the Late Bronze Age Collapse, and now he gives us the sequel: what happened after and what came out of it? This too is a landmark book: lucid, deep, and insightful. I’ve learned more about the mechanisms of collapse from Cline than from any other contemporary historian. You cannot understand human civilization and self-organization without studying what happened on, before, and after 1177 B.C.”—Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

“Eric Cline is the modern prophet of antiquity, finding the real and often uncomfortable lessons for today in an ancient world much larger than most scholars dare to tread. In this compelling book, an era once known only for decline and failure emerges in all its color and noise. At once an enthralling read and an up-to-the-minute guide to the latest ideas and discoveries, this is the ancient history we need now.”—Josephine Quinn, author of How the World Made the West: A 4,000-Year History

“To say that this is an important book doesn’t do it justice. It is wonderful. Covering a broad timespan, Eric Cline deals cogently and evenhandedly with the Mediterranean, the Aegean, Egypt, and the Near East, and is fully at home with his sources, whether Greek, Egyptian, Levantine, Mesopotamian, or central and western Mediterranean. Lucidly and elegantly written, this a seminal work that is both exciting and fun to read.”—John K. Papadopoulos, University of California, Los Angeles

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