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

  • Published on Oct 11, 2016
  • 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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Comments • 7 072

  • Joe Rodriguez
    Joe Rodriguez 7 hours ago

    Climate change is a myth which always tricks every new generation.

  • Colin Ralphson
    Colin Ralphson Day ago

    almost exactly at that time scientist have discovered a huge meteorite struck the north american continent... they have now found the crater... all the effects you describe were the result of this impact... perhaps worth adding to your research... loved the lecture... cheers

  • Whaleshrimp
    Whaleshrimp Day ago

    Didn't I buy a used car from this guy? I am glad he found his calling. His explanation of the events and possible events on this interesting subject are easy to listen to and understand.

  • Nomad Wizard
    Nomad Wizard Day ago

    ..title should have been 'Verbal Diarrhea With Buckpuck Chunks"

  • Drakilicious
    Drakilicious Day ago +1

    At times; it feels like we're going back into another modern era dark age and that society is collapsing.

  • Generic Username

    The problem is everything he knows all of history may or may not have happened, all of chronology is wrong by how much is unknown. So..... who, what, where are we, no one seems to really know maybe its time for a reset of civilization, to create new or repeating for the 1000th time making same mistakes?

  • gerrie beekmans
    gerrie beekmans 2 days ago

    I remember,i went to school with her.

  • Ar Navs
    Ar Navs 2 days ago

    Turkey in 1170 BC!????

  • Nathan Callidor
    Nathan Callidor 2 days ago

    I wish we knew more about Ancient Scythia. Always wondered why so little work is done on that civilization. Then I looked at an indo scythian coin and found out why.

  • Rose McGuinn
    Rose McGuinn 2 days ago

    Back in the 1970's Exxon's own scientific staff already knew about the petroleum carbon + climate change, but their company told them to keep silent about it. Please do not confuse climate with the weather, as the two do not mean the same thing.

    • Rose McGuinn
      Rose McGuinn Day ago

      +Sjs78 00 They are not one in the same. If a dog chases you, thereby causing you to flee, does that make you the dog?

    • Sjs78 00
      Sjs78 00 Day ago

      Climate dictates weather conditions...?

  • Shawn Farr
    Shawn Farr 2 days ago

    Information was on point .He dealt with language International trade routes and physical evidence such as plants and to rocks.

  • Joseph Olson
    Joseph Olson 2 days ago

    Holocene extinction, app 10,000 BC, collapsed civilization, raised sea level 400 ft and caused extinction of hundreds of large mammal species.

  • Christian Deininger
    Christian Deininger 3 days ago +1

    Civilization is collapsing now in 2019

  • Ian Duke
    Ian Duke 3 days ago

    1) states fact from the start to the end of humanity existence
    2) Ok
    earthquakes? I have seen those terrible movies! dont worry the earthquakes moved away!
    some might have been invaded and unlike all those other great invasion they where not recorded!
    rebellions a little bit......
    so hes just stating the every day events! which happened even when the cities did not collapse!

  • KohinaREC
    KohinaREC 3 days ago

    It seems odd that there are no mass graves or evidence of disease - although thousands of years may destroy evidence. Maybe some indigenous diseases such as malaria etc. that don't necessarily cause a rampant dramatuc epidemic like a bubonic plague would, but might kill faster the hungry population.

  • KohinaREC
    KohinaREC 3 days ago +2

    This is really interesting! Great lectures.

  • Supernaut
    Supernaut 3 days ago +3

    Fascinating historical review and a very engaging and knowledgeable speaker, a pleasure to watch and learn, and wonder. Thank you.

  • Medley Childress
    Medley Childress 3 days ago +1

    great lecture!!!!

  • kid tsunami
    kid tsunami 3 days ago

    I think "the bronze collapse", is a kind of crisis.. of a level.. of a civilization. Sorry for my English. A civilization level wasn't able to stand against a growth of people. Nature disasters happening periodically and of course it pushed famine and also invasions of a sea.. Or whatever other people. at same time invasion of India by.. so called arian nomadic tribes from central Asia happened probably by same reasons but with own features. Some nomads lived happy in their steppe.. Grew up their horses.. But once they're stacked up to the.. Drying, no rain, and growing desert.. With grown sizes of their tribes and clans. Then famine pushed them to leave homelands and invade the cities of the bronze age. So I think bronze age collapse is a that periods civilizations crisis, earthquake, famine, invasions aren't something unique. But it was fatal right that time and right that place, as he said Egypt survived, I think arian invasion of India could be counted for comparison (growth of nomadic tribes and drought in steppe) And I heard nothing about something happened in China, why there was no "bronze age collapse"?

  • Vlad Dracoson
    Vlad Dracoson 3 days ago

    Thats interesting. It was about then that the global temperatures fell like a stone. Would have been a major source for crop failure and could have had the effect of pushing migrations.

  • Green Nights
    Green Nights 3 days ago +1

    wow how fascinating ... to someone who has no life whatsoever.

  • Wayne Black
    Wayne Black 4 days ago

    I wouldn't completely rule out volcanoes causing the drought that lead to the collapse of Civilization.
    Starting in 1645 BC there were several large recorded volcano eruptions and possible more unrecorded.
    6 known large eruptions within 500 years might be enough. Smaller eruptions could also help.

    It took the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 to cause the "Year without Summer" in 1816 and resulted in famine throughout the world. There were 5 large eruptions in just 6 years prior to the Tambora eruption.

    Just sayin', you throw enough dirt into the atmosphere, cool the ocean surface off enough and it will fail to rain somewhere.
    We just can't be sure.

    Great lecture though.

  • SeraphimTheOrthodox
    SeraphimTheOrthodox 4 days ago +1

    We have piracy today too. Only the ships have changed. Tin is pricey enough to be ALMOST a precious metal.

  • DIAZ52
    DIAZ52 4 days ago

    Iran is bellicose? Really? I can think if another nation is the middle east that is compulsively violent, and attacks their neighbors repeatedly and compulsively, and has done so for years.

  • DIAZ52
    DIAZ52 4 days ago

    It was the Orcs.

  • monacojim3
    monacojim3 4 days ago +2

    Now we know it was the Younger Dryas asteroid impacts, 11000 and 12500 years ago, and the global temperature increase that took the greater part of the earth out of an ice age. Wiped out the megaforna, sea levels rose, North African tsunami that dumped the sand in the sahara and levelled Atlantis megatropolis (the eye of Africa) together with tectonic plate shifts, and caused civilisation to have to reboot.

  • Andres b
    Andres b 4 days ago

    the Hyborian age...

  • Rursus
    Rursus 4 days ago

    Eh, no, 1177 BC there were earthquakes, famine, climate change, rebellions and the sea peoples in the entire producing region -- a small region. Nowadays we have all these too, but there are lots of regions outside of the sphere of famine, climate change, rebellions and the sea peoples.

  • Ian Barron
    Ian Barron 4 days ago

    1177 is close in time to the Greenland meteor

  • Christopher Batty
    Christopher Batty 4 days ago +1

    Cogent, balanced, informative, well and interestingly presented - bravo.

  • Patrick Nazar
    Patrick Nazar 4 days ago

    I get the point of saying "sometimes we need a collapse", but at the end of the day i think that concept works against us. What can we learn though?

  • Wendy Jones
    Wendy Jones 4 days ago

    There is NO WAY the Israelites could take on the Canaanites. Really? Hmmmm. Sounds like someone just WANTS to disagree with the bible while giving great consideration to anything and everything else. Interesting.

  • Samuel Ortega
    Samuel Ortega 4 days ago

    Well, Jesus is right again, He said that before the end of civilization (the world) there would be famines, earthquakes, wars (rebellion), the sun would destroy crops and animals, etc.
    But Jesus said this would not destroy the world, it would be the beginning of sorrows and later the end would come when the Gospel is preached throughout the world, the the end would come. Yes, the world would be ready to hear the Gospel at this point because they will be out of other options. Then they will turn to God. For some it will be too late.

  • Kelley
    Kelley 5 days ago

    Good presentation

  • Trail Blazing
    Trail Blazing 5 days ago

    I remember it like yesterday

  • Terry Baney
    Terry Baney 5 days ago

    Excellent presentation by Dr. Cline, good flow and is able to keep your attention throughout. His main point of it's never as simple as main stream tends to default to is spot on, need to keep your mind open to different possibilities

  • Hoity
    Hoity 5 days ago

    Check out Michael Tsarion unslaved and Michael Tsarion.com. Also, Ralph Ellis, Jordan Maxwell

  • MrWizardofozzz
    MrWizardofozzz 5 days ago

    A handfull of ISIS people are the sea peoples..?? Syrian refugees are the sea peoples..?? The US invaded and destroyed the nations of Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan and tried to destroy Syria, but you think a handfull of refugees are the sea people..??

  • -IOI-
    -IOI- 6 days ago +1

    What was Ghiza design and built for?

  • Lk T
    Lk T 6 days ago +1

    Many high schools taught the same deal,yes.

  • Kieran Ryan
    Kieran Ryan 6 days ago

    Great presentation.. concluding with an interesting Q&A.. I guess you‘re not suggesting that we‘re on the brink of another dark age given the similarities of then and now.. but the world is changing and fast thanks in part to the latest wave of ‚sea peoples’ or rather disruptive technology promising superior services at the expense of making older practices and institutions obsolete.. hopefully in the long run for the betterment of our civilsation.

  • rick eckley
    rick eckley 6 days ago

    excellent presentation thank you

  • Μιχ Λαζ
    Μιχ Λαζ 6 days ago

    The invasion of dorieus known in Greek as κάθοδος των Δωριέων was a theory that around 1200 bc some harder tribes came down to Greece and settle here maybe link some info,also the eruption of volcano in thira could force the people to leave not going straight to tsunami but going as a normal person do to the opposite site which means south to Crete which is Egypt/Cyprus/Syria.

  • Μιχ Λαζ
    Μιχ Λαζ 6 days ago

    Great lecture sir.When I was student 17 years old we tought that sea people detroyed Egypt and some parts of the known word.i was the only one that asked which were those people and couldn’t get an answer.Todays books in the same country is far far from what I was tought.its not going forward giving information but the opposite.

  • Fakhrerazi Nikkhah
    Fakhrerazi Nikkhah 6 days ago

    You have ignored the Iranian civilization , Indian and Chinese civilizations and say that in 1177 B.C the world collapsed by some SEA PEOPLE from some islands in White sea . The most advanced places in the world were in India and Iran . What the hell are you talking about ? You must be high or ignorant and puking out nonsense . Then , you give credence to Egyptologists , the very same crowd that have purposely kept Humanity in dark by telling lies over and over again . Acting like a Mafia organizations . Please , take a back seat and tell your wife that the Trojan war indeed happened .

  • Peter F-Model
    Peter F-Model 7 days ago +1

    This is an excellent lecture, but the temptation to somehow arrive at some lesion which relates to our current time did spoil it a bit. There is no doubt there are pressures on our current global civilization, but if we are going down the same path as the Bronze Age “golden” age, we are well off the end point. However I must admit we can be said to be on that path.
    However if we drill down further the effect described here which precluded a rebuilding is a revolt caused by famine. Natural disasters, except a failure in crops, can all be recovered from. When the population cannot be fed they may be tempted to revolt, which makes a bad situation worse, thus there is no rebuilding. Even if there is just a crop failure, the population can arm itself and invade their neighbour, which must have occurred until all the targets were devastated.
    To compound this, a successful centrally managed economy can be very efficient, which will result in population to grow. When the crops fail and everyone else has the same problem, the result is a large population which is starving. That would compound the issue, possible the less civilised parts of the Mediterranean did not suffer such a fall, because they were never that advanced or populated.
    This is the path we are on, rapidly increasing population means any major ecological change could have a compounding effect which could cause a systems failure. That would be the lesson to learn from this. However I am more interested in what happened during that period than to somehow directly relate it to our time. There is still so much we do not know.

  • Alok Prasad
    Alok Prasad 7 days ago

    where is information about harrappan Civilization ?

  • Pete Hoover
    Pete Hoover 7 days ago

    After watching this lecture I'm fairly suspicious that the documented climate change might have come about in marginal areas by the spread of iron tool technology. While it's clear at this time bronze required long distance imports, where the knowledge existed to use it iron ore is fairly common, and it makes cheaper and better tools than bronze. Marginal areas like the Mediterranean on eastwards towards the Indus Valley Civilization might have experienced deforestation at this time because everybody now had a cheap ax and a machete.
    Saws were probably almost unknown before iron, and common afterwards. You can see that in the documentation he read about ship traffic. Someone has a LOT better carpentry tools than they used to.
    Certainly the spread of cheap iron weapons would have had the same destabilizing effect on populations that the spread of automatic weapons into the modern Horn of Africa has now.
    After iron not only were axes and swords better than ever before, but everybody had one of each. No wonder civilization collapsed.

    • prioris55555
      prioris55555 7 days ago +2

      Looks like it was a grand solar minimum causing dramatic temperature drop hence crop destruction. look at Greenland ice core samples.

  • John Maclagan
    John Maclagan 8 days ago

    So much focus on Egypt, Greece and the middle east, its a big world out there. Scotland had trading posts back in these days, humans have been inhabiting Scotland for 14,000 years - thats 12,000 BC

  • r rar
    r rar 8 days ago

    actually at that time there was civilizations in other parts of the world, mohandojaro, harappa, china, inca maya etc.

  • Maples01
    Maples01 8 days ago +1

    Wow, climate change before cars, gotta be camel farts, had they taxed it, they'd have avoided the catastrophe.

  • Master Pep
    Master Pep 9 days ago

    Very interesting presentation, thank you for sharing.
    The final theories on analogy with our modern age, I find far-fetched. Yes, we are moving towards a decline/destruction of cultures, but the drivers are totally different and the pace of impact: draughts and famines can be handled easier through technology and trade for those who have them available (and are in power) and weapons have reached an extent of destructive power so that the outcome of wars is pretty much decided before they start. There is no such thing anymore as obliteration of nations, cultures. What happens is a globalist take-over of local resources with or without bloody wars, that leads to modern colonization and slavery, which is basically a leveraging of resources to the already more powerful side. Cultures disappear globally, but in a "soft" way: they all become Coca-Cola/iPhone consuming masses where cultural identity diminishes to a few tourist souvenirs. In that sense, cultures "disappear", but in a covert way and hardly because of cataclismic events in the likes of the era in the presentation, that basically wiped out civilizations in no time.
    While I agree that there is no linear process of events and the presentation rightfully concludes that it is a complex whole of the parts that led to those events, the complexity of these changes in our modern age comes from the intertwined socio-economic system that influences our planet's resources, mainly the use of fossil fuels that may fuel an accelerated greenhouse effect and as a result, global food shortages. The globalized world however implies that local issues (such as draughts and famine) may be mitigated on a global scale and the ruling classes can defend easier against these (otherwise catastrophic) events and tendencies than the poor regions. This is not future music: look at the state most of Africa is in right now, which is nothing more than a resource used by the rich, to feed the rich. The modern colonists (=global corporations) however very much mind that the human resources that keep this machinery alive (=the local populace, the modern slaves) are very much intact in numbers and are led to believe that their quality of life is in fact improving.
    At the end, there are winning sides and loosing sides, but the difference with the events 3000 years ago is that now, there is no wipe of nations and population numbers, but a transition from cultural indentity to consumer and slave.

  • Resologist
    Resologist 9 days ago

    Watched this once. That was enough.
    Now, I don't really care to have RUclip recommending this same
    video, again and again and again, when I've indicated that I am "NOT
    INTERESTED"! Tell RUclip to STOP SPAMMING people to get them to
    watch your video. Expect a NEGATIVE RATING. Blame RUclip; but, is
    that the only way to get people to watch your videos? HAVE RUclip

  • william fitzpatrick
    william fitzpatrick 10 days ago +4

    What a great speaker. Good voice & knows his material. I was never interested in archaeology or anthropology but this was captivating.

  • Buster Biloxi
    Buster Biloxi 11 days ago +1

    Great lecture. This guy knows his stuff.

  • Steve W
    Steve W 11 days ago

    how did they decipher the clay tablets?

  • martin martini
    martin martini 12 days ago

    GREEKS didn't exist at 1177bc you're distorting history.

  • Pagan Dance
    Pagan Dance 12 days ago

    The Shekelesh are obviously the Jews and looking at the queen's morphology, Punt definitely refers to America, proving the Egyptians already back then crossed the Atlantic. Today we see the Sea Peoples causing the Collapse of European civilization, maybe Punt and Shekelesh are behind this event too? - Anyway, a very interesting lecture and I think the period we're living in and started with the Bronze Age Collapse is now coming to an end with the Collapse of the Monotheistic World Order, triggered by climate change, overpopulation, rebellion against the Elites etc.

  • Craig Culbertson
    Craig Culbertson 12 days ago

    Neatly 3 million views for a lecture? What's the world coming to?

  • S M
    S M 13 days ago

    If it took place? Well if you don't know for sure, you shld't be teaching!!

  • William Cox
    William Cox 15 days ago +1

    So interesting . . . thanks for posting!

  • andrew lane
    andrew lane 15 days ago +2

    The great lesson of history is that its never THAT simple. As our society increasingly craves simple answers that might be the most important lesson to be learned.

  • Commenter Five
    Commenter Five 15 days ago

    At 55:44 "What can we do about it?" Leviticus 23 all. "In all your generations in all your dwelling areas".
    Notice v 3.
    Genesis 2: 2.
    And Especially Deuteronomy 28.

  • Mike Evans
    Mike Evans 16 days ago

    The elected aoc and bernie sanders

  • Dianne Foster
    Dianne Foster 16 days ago

    Another hypothesis of history that is maybe spot on, maybe partially right, maybe totally off base. This only serves to show us we know nothing. We only speculate. We put the bits and pieces of archeological data that we find and assemble them together based on our own cultural influences and the knowledge we have at the time and then form a theory. Then we make these theories and interpretations of history as did the peoples that wrote/told the stories and drew the pictures or carved the art. It is always good to have a theory, but one can never be sure it is correct. The only thing we do know is that the theory will change. We only have the written histories (were they telling the truth?), sometimes artifacts, and some current scientific knowns. We only make educated guesses and change or theories when we get other data or a different culture decides on a different theory. But what I do like is that this man is willing to admit that events might have been much more complex and not always linear like we want history to be. The victor or survivor writes the history. Things are never as simple as we think.

  • Pete V
    Pete V 17 days ago

    What about Thera?

  • Salem Melas
    Salem Melas 17 days ago +2

    ALL LIES presented by a an agent of deception.

    • Eiffel Tower
      Eiffel Tower 16 days ago

      This is the most confusing history i have listened to

  • Robert Carver
    Robert Carver 20 days ago +1

    Perhaps it was an opportunity rich environment; earthquake, famine, drought, political unrest gave sea peoples a target rich environment, beat a man when he was down, like NYC when they had a power outage.

  • JBTechCon
    JBTechCon 22 days ago

    Weshesh = Welsh. True story.

    SERGIO ANDRES Rojas 27 days ago

    What an awful end. Really you gonna say in 1 minute that now the same is happening and the middle east is the sea ppl????? Looool. If anything the sea people is the US army collapsing eastern societies. Even college professors are muricans apparently

  • DelireWeb
    DelireWeb 27 days ago +1

    Isn't it Akhenaton who actually invented monotheism? I like the background picture at the end showing destruction chaos and fire with a big "Thank you", lmao

    • Arya Pourtabatabaie
      Arya Pourtabatabaie 25 days ago

      I wouldn't be surprised if it were independently invented multiple times as it's quite a natural idea.

  • Mark Purslow
    Mark Purslow 28 days ago

    it seems a shame to me that it took so long to collapse and rebuild. all the hallmarks of what happens today on the stock market. old established industries fade away and are replaced by newer more capital efficient ones. perhaps what was lacking is an overall picture. I dont think natural disasters are enough to cause a system wide collapse over that time frame. I suspect that economic rebellion is a better cause when people realise they can do better alone than they could do being part of an established empire. But we can only go with the evidence.

  • Mark Golding
    Mark Golding 29 days ago +1

    The Americans are the Sea Peoples at the present time. Busily helping others to destroy things..

  • John Lammi
    John Lammi Month ago +2

    of course thre was no "Turkey" at that time. Perhaps we could say Anatolia to describe the geographical area

  • Claudio Saltara
    Claudio Saltara Month ago +1

    I never liked fixed set dates that pin point a period and as the gentleman pointed out in reference to the fall of Rome. I am now convinced I am right on my point. Everything is a continuum.

  • Michael Sanchez
    Michael Sanchez Month ago

    ok sorry no but the phoenicians didnt just pop up out of nowhere after the canaanites. thats not how any of this works. the trappings were laid far before, meaning they already had some kind of government/tribe/military/society or other kind of civic institution. the phoenicians literally ARE the sea peoples, they probably separated FROM canaan over time

  • Michael Sanchez
    Michael Sanchez Month ago

    why wouldnt the sea peoples be the phoenicians? they were the prominent naval power of the era. not only did they control ugarit where tin passed through to crete but they also colonized crete where tin was imported. everything about the sea peoples points to the phoenicians. i dont understand why that isnt obvious. I literally learned this in elementary school

    • Michael Sanchez
      Michael Sanchez 28 days ago

      +Loki Hopkins right, and every new technology or iteration of technology requires lots of cooperative labor. think assembly line cars, bay area tech, manhattan project, american aircraft carriers, etc. in those times, these collaborative efforts were catalyzed by rulers of civilizations. tribal societies were historically incapable of building navies because they lacked the strong rulers necessary to unite various factions

    • Loki Hopkins
      Loki Hopkins 28 days ago

      ​+Michael Sanchez pretty much the only form of war during this period was land based, with chariots being the predominant military unit at the time. The effect of this is that the nations in the mediterranean were completely unprepared for the naval assaults, as they had never really had naval wars until this point, it's like attacking the US with a cyber assault, as they are not prepared for it (Iran actually did this: time.com/4270728/iran-cyber-attack-dam-fbi/)

    • Michael Sanchez
      Michael Sanchez 29 days ago

      +Loki Hopkins again, i just dont buy it. there were multiple civilizations at the time encompassing the entire region and building fleets takes a tremendous amount of labor and resources. I don't see a bunch of scattered tribes building fleets large enough to topple civilizations. any such acconplishments would require concerted efforts. its like thinking china can take over the US just because they have more people without considering they dont have the resources and technology to actually do it

    • Loki Hopkins
      Loki Hopkins 29 days ago

      +Michael Sanchez if you read the last part of my comment i said "The Phoenicians may have been some of the sea people, but they wouldn't have been all of them." alluding to the theory that rather than being a single united people, the sea people were a wide assortment of tribes and city states who were displaced during the sudden warm and arid weather at this time. These could include the Phoenicians, the tribe I was talking about, and many others, all being drawn to the sea during those times of failing crops and little water.
      To compare this to Somalia, the fishermen who became pirates were one particular group in the northern areas of Somalia, but as times got worse and the practice got more accepted, more Somalians from different ethnic groups would go on to become pirates.

    • Michael Sanchez
      Michael Sanchez 29 days ago

      +Loki Hopkins one tribe cant crush the entire western civilized world. I find such a story unlikely. the oldest city in the world was under the control of the phoenicians and cities had infrastructure and labor to build fleets. I don't see how a tribe would do that

  • TheMoon
    TheMoon Month ago

    if you know they import tin, how do you know they dont import pottery?

  • None Oyb
    None Oyb Month ago

    That was excellent except for the last part where he mentioned democracy and monotheism and said that 'We would not be here today, doing what we do, if these guys had not collapsed'. What, if these events hadn't happened the Egyptians and Hittites and Canaanites and Myceneans would have maintained their topdown control and polytheism forever? There would be no democracy and the Americas would have remained inhabited by Stone Age peoples often engaged in brutal warfare with each other?

    • JN S
      JN S Month ago

      People think democracy and monotheism would have been delayed.

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  • Etienne Ement
    Etienne Ement Month ago +1

    This is amazing. 'been doing some research in both history and culture over this period. The translation from writing to myth-passing he quickly explicits (but largely implies, even unwillingly), if put in perspective with things like Nietzsche's genealogy of morals or Jung's collective unconscious and historical esotericism... it gives a sense of how deeply our mind's framework seems to be connected to our civilizations'. being able to get this intuitive knowledge encouraged by such a wide connection of vastly diverse research fields, each one putting the other's conclusions at test, and being able to share it with 3M people that stand just as both puzzled and inspired as I feel right now... how blessed can a period be?

  • Junior Balls
    Junior Balls Month ago

    Fantastic lecture, very interesting and respectful of different theories.

  • VinnieDrawsART
    VinnieDrawsART Month ago +11

    Clapped at the end even though I'm alone in my office. Great presentation.

  • maija-liisa Piittari

    New Ice-age threatening north while Golf-stream weakening, It will cause famine and migration to south increasing those cataclysms known under exodus from Egypt and familiar in Revelations as well. Those 7 years fat and famine while Joseph ruled in Egypt might have happened around 1600 BC and 400 years later exodus, Moses and Joshua, the wasps having done some job among other pestilences (Good's dooms) to Canaanites and giants there according Bible.

  • maija-liisa Piittari

    Santorini and Thera might have happened around the 7 fat and 7 slim years(famine) in Egypt when Joseph was ruling. 1600 BC , 400 years after that Moses and exodus and Joshua moved to Israel. 1200 BC about. Nowadays when Golf-stream is weakening away, new ice-age might occur in north causing famine, migration south and some cataclysms appearing as well.

  • maija-liisa Piittari

    When God is forgotten, dooms arise. In Germany late 1800:s christian faith slowly turned weak and namely. 1930 national socialism took place as doom. So it will be with every nation in turn when God forsaken. 1200 BC , Joshua's Days it was amorites, canaanites to be destroyed and
    God sent those days phoiniceans (philisteans?) to the shore (Gaza, Ashdod) to be as punishment to Israel when sinning. Nothing new under sun, or?

    • Dennis Gawera
      Dennis Gawera Month ago

      The bible tells that these were the times when the Tribes of Israel did there best, but ultimately failed to please The Lord who sent the ancient Shitites to conquer them.
      Now these were the sons of David who took a big poop early every morning ; the firstborn Amnon, of Ahinoam who took a big poop early in the morning the second Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess who also took a big poop early every morning
      The third, Absalom who took a big poop early every morning, the son of Maachah the daughter of Talmai king of Gusher who took a big poop and a long flowing pee early every morning, : the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith: who also took a big poop early every morning,
      The fifth, Shephatiah of Abital , and the sixth, Ihram , by Eglah his wife and also did they take a big poop early every morning, .
      These six were born unto him in Hebron; and there he reigned seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years and they did poopest with great abandon.
      And these were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shimea who took a big poop early every morning, , and Shaba who took a big poop early every morning, , and Nathan, who took a big poop early every morning, and Solomon who took a big poop early every morning, , four, of Bathsheba who took a big poop early every morning, the daughter of Ammiel who also took a big poop early every morning, :
      Ibhar who took a big poop early every morning, also, and Elishama, and Eliphelet, who both took a big poop early every morning,
      And Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia, who all took big poops early every morning,
      And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine who all took a big poop early every morning,
      These were all the sons of David ( who took big poops early every morning) beside the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister who all took big poops early every morning, .
      And Solomon's son was Rehoboam, Abia his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son who all took big poops early every morning,
      Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son who also took big poops early every morning,
      Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son who also took big poops early every morning,
      Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son who all took big poops early every morning,
      Amon his son, Josiah his son who both took big poops early every morning,
      And the sons of Josiah were, the firstborn Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum who all took big poops early every morning,
      And the sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son
      who also took big poops early every morning,
      And the sons of Jeconiah; Assir, Salathiel his son who also took big poops early every morning,
      Malchiram also, and Pedaiah, and Shenazar, Jecamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah who all took big poops early every morning,
      And the sons of Pedaiah were, Zerubbabel, and Shimei: and the sons of Zerubbabel; Meshullam, and Hananiah, and Shelomith their sister and likewise they did poopest.
      And Hashubah, and Ohel, and Berechiah, and Hasadiah, Jushabhesed, five and likewise they did poopest.
      And the sons of Hananiah; Pelatiah, and Jesaiah: the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shechaniah and likewise they did poopest.
      And the sons of Shechaniah; Shemaiah: and the sons of Shemaiah; Hattush, and Igeal, and Bariah, and Neariah, and Shaphat, six and likewise they did poopest.
      And the sons of Neariah; Elioenai, and Hezekiah, and Azrikam, three and likewise they did poopest.
      And the sons of Elioenai were, Hodaiah, and Eliashib, and Pelaiah, and Akkub, and Johanan, and Dalaiah, and Anani, seven and likewise they did poopest.

  • Alexander Vlk
    Alexander Vlk Month ago

    I watched this a year ago and happy I found it again!

  • Neil Marshall
    Neil Marshall Month ago

    So is there some subliminal shite happening that has no effect on me ?? I am astounded at the 'wonderment and enlightenment' statements about an average lecture that then dives into political ass kiss at the end. What nasty distortions........ Will you have to see your own families shot before you learn your leaders are not nice people ?? ISIS is a CIA operation - long proved.

  • Morten Friis
    Morten Friis Month ago

    Great stuff! Thanks

  • Robert St-Lauent
    Robert St-Lauent Month ago +1

    I can only imagine how Mother Earth feels when caressed so gently with the soft brushes that people like Mr. Cline use to remove millenniums of ‘stellar dust’ and bring back her magnificent beauty of the past to her surface skin.
    Your brushwork is as beautiful and precious as that of the greatest painters of all time.

  • Aaron Martinson
    Aaron Martinson Month ago

    Who would you invite to dinner, this guy and his wife.

  • Yahmez
    Yahmez Month ago

    "[Because of the past, the present is how it is]" ..no way!

  • The Helluva Party
    The Helluva Party Month ago

    This is as weird as academics get.

  • KTChamberlain
    KTChamberlain Month ago

    I'm surprised Sesame Street hasn't parodied the Sea Peoples as Muppets with C's embroidered on their uniforms and weapons and making all sorts of C-based puns. Those people Dr. Cline knew who won that costume contest beat them to the punch.

  • ztoob8898
    ztoob8898 Month ago

    Captain Kangaroo, archaeologist.

  • Zeke Lentil
    Zeke Lentil Month ago

    Lukka - Italians from west coast (modern day Lucca), these were Normans (North Men). Ekwesh/ Weshesh - Welsh people, probably not only from modern day Wales, they were more likely from France and possibly Northern Spain. Teresh = Turkish. Danuna/Denyen - Danube river valley people. Tjekker - Czech people, likely from further south than modern day Czechia, part of the Danube river valley civilizations. Shardana = Sardinia. Shekelesh = Sicily. Peleset = Philistines.

    • Erilaz
      Erilaz Month ago

      You got few of those right, but the rest are without doubt incorrect.

  • free roamer
    free roamer Month ago

    Enjoyed that immensely! Perhaps the greatest lesson is, that major catastrophic events and a breakdown of political, social, and judicial infrastructure leads to centuries of decadence and decline. America take note!

  • sledge hammer
    sledge hammer Month ago

    This is not true! Don't believe it! What really happened was Chuck Norris was given some really bad hummus and Chuck hates rotten hummus. First, it gave him the runs and this caused Chuck to cover over 70% of the area under a thousand feet of Chuck shit. Needless to say, thousands and thousands died. But Chucks shit was also the greatest fertilizer ever made and in subsequent years the manure de Chuck caused the region to blossom and grow and civilization was once again brought back from near extinction by the worlds greatest man: Chuck Norris. So. If you ever see Chuck order hummus, FOR GODS SAKE MAKE CERTAIN IT'S FRESH!!!

  • columbus8myhw
    columbus8myhw Month ago

    I think it's too "narrow-view" to think of ISIS as the equivalent of the Sea Peoples.

  • albert joseph
    albert joseph Month ago +1

    For Exodus he says - "if it happened"
    But for Trojan War he says - "I do believe it happened".
    See the funny and biased opinion.