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1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed - A lecture by Eric Cline

  • Embassy of Greece 2217 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

For more than three hundred years during the Late Bronze Age, from about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex international world: Mycenaeans, Minoans, Egyptians, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Cypriots, and Canaanites all interacted, creating a cosmopolitan and globalized world-system such as has only rarely been seen before the current day. However, all of this came to a sudden end in about 1177 BC. Why this happened remains one of history’s greatest mysteries. In this illustrated lecture, Professor Cline will explore the various suggestions for why the Bronze Age ended and whether the collapse of those ancient civilizations might hold some warnings for our current society.

This fascinating hypothesis is the subject of his award-winning book now also available in the Greek language.

The lecture will be conducted in English.

This program is part of the 7th annual European Month of Culture.  Find more events at: