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Public lecture: "THRONE GAMES: The Trojan War and the Collapse of Late Bronze Age Civilizations"

Public lecture: "THRONE GAMES: The Trojan War and the Collapse of Late Bronze Age Civilizations"

Date and Time

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location

Mary Idema Pew Library

Description

 Public lecture: "THRONE GAMES: The Trojan War and the Collapse of Late Bronze Age Civilizations"

 

The Department of Classics and The Mary Idema Pew Library, with the generous support of the Office of the Provost, welcome Prof. Eric H. Cline to deliver the HOMERATHON keynote address: “THRONE GAMES: The Trojan War and the Collapse of Late Bronze Age Civilizations.”

 

6:00 PM on Tuesday, 10 October, in the Pew Library Multipurpose Room. There will be a reception afterward.

 

Professor Eric H. Cline of The George Washington University explores why the Mediterranean Bronze Age came to an end and whether the collapse of those ancient civilizations holds warnings for our current society.

 

During the Late Bronze Age, from about 1500 B.C. to 1200 B.C., the Mediterranean region was home to a complex and cosmopolitan world-system. It may have been this very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age.

 

When the end came, as it did after centuries of cultural and technological evolution, large empires and small kingdoms alike collapsed rapidly. With their end came the world’s first recorded Dark Ages. Not until centuries later did a new cultural renaissance in Greece, and the other affected areas, set the stage for the evolution of Western society as we know it today.

 

Cline is author of 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, which received the 2014 prize for Best Popular Book on Archaeology from the American Schools of Oriental Research and was submitted for consideration for a Pulitzer Prize.

 

Full schedule and additional information at <gvsu.edu/classics/h6>.

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