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    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.