1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed

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1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
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Cover of the first edition
Author Eric H. Cline
Audio read by Andy Caploe
Country United States
Language English
Series Turning Points in Ancient History
Subject Late Bronze Age collapse
Publisher Princeton University Press
Publication date
Media type Print
Awards 2014 The New York Post’s Best Books. 2014 The Australian’s Best Books of the Year. 2015 The Federalist’s Notable Books.
ISBN 9780691140896
GN778.25.C55 2014
LC Class https://lccn.loc.gov/2013032059
Website Publisher - 1177 B.C

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed is a nonfiction ancient history book written by Eric H. Cline and published in 2014 by Princeton University Press. The book focuses on his hypothesis for the Late Bronze Age collapse of civilization, a transition period that affected the Egyptians, Hittites, Canaanites, Cypriots, Minoans, Mycenaeans, Assyrians and Babylonians; varied heterogeneous cultures populating eight powerful and flourishing states intermingling via trade, commerce, exchange and "cultural piggybacking", despite "all the difficulties of travel and time".[1] He presents evidence to support a "perfect storm" of "multiple interconnected failures", meaning that more than one natural and man-made cataclysm caused the disintegration and demise of an ancient civilization that incorporated "empires and globalized peoples".[1][2] This ended the Bronze Age, and ended the Mycenaean, Minoan, Trojan, Hittite, and Babylonian cultures.[2] Before this book, the leading hypothesis during previous decades attributed the civilization collapse mostly to Sea Peoples of unknown origin.[1][2][3][4]


This book has won the following awards:[2]

  • Winner of the 2014 Award for the Best Popular Book, American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Archeology & Anthropology, Association of American Publishers
  • One of The New York Post’s Best Books of 2014
  • One of The Federalist’s Notable Books of 2015
  • One of The Australian’s Best Books of the Year in 2014, chosen by filmmaker Bruce Beresford
  • Selected as the 'Book of the Semester' Fall 2016, David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University


  1. ^ a b c Gopnik, Adam (19 March 2014). "Of Hippos and Kings". New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Summary (2014). "1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, Eric H. Cline". Princeton University Press. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  3. ^ Knapp, A. Bernard. "The Year Civilization Collapsed". History Today. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. ^ Karacic, Steven (August 2015). "Eric H. Cline, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed". Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Bryn Mawr College. Retrieved 5 July 2017.

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