Spreading the Word: Collapse of Civilizations at the End of Bronze Age

In this week’s “Spreading the Word”, I share with you a podcast episode. It is a 1 hour long video where the channel author tells about one of the great mysteries of history: sudden collapse of entire civilizations and systems of the Eastern Mediterranean region in the late 13th/early 12th centuries BCE. It is the time when the Bronze Age ended and the Iron Age began. It is a short time span during which complex, interdependent and thriving civilizations fell apart due to unclear but immensely influential circumstances. What happened? How could have the great ones of the ancient world fallen so swiftly and devastatingly, leaving almost no written record of the events? This is what this Fall of Civilizations episode explores.

I was so immersed into the narrative of the author that I didn’t notice how one hour passed by. If you like history, especially its puzzles and potential interpretations of its lessons, I recommend you listen to this story.

By the way, the events that are described here are the ones I refer to in my articles on the historical context before the first Greek pre-Socratic philosophers came along (part 1 and part 2). These events are what signalled the end of the previous civilization and ushered in the “Dark Age” of Greece. Also, it might have coincided with the Greek mythological “Age of Heroes” (think the sacking of Troy, and Odyssey).

Link to the podcast episode:


Keeping up the “Spreading the Word” tradition, every Thursday I hope to share with you an article I’ve read or a video I’ve seen and considered it to be inspiring or enlightening. I feel it is important to take good care not just of our physical but also of our mental well-being. Humans have always turned and returned to storytelling. My Thursdays’ “Spreading the Word” articles are an online version of sharing worthwhile stories.   

keep exploring and storytelling!

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