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When scholars look at the passage of history, certain epochs and transitions to new periods tend to stand out. The transition from the early modern to the Industrial Age in the late 18th century and the collapse of the Roman Empire are two of the more well known, but the transition from the Bronze to the Iron Age during the late 13th and early 12th centuries BCE arguably changed the structure and course of world history more fundamentally than any period before or since. During this period numerous wealthy and enduring kingdoms of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea region collapsed, and new ones rose in their places.
At the center of this period of turmoil was a group of people known today as the Sea Peoples, the English translation of the name given to them by the Egyptians. Despite their prominent role in history, however, the Sea Peoples remain as mysterious as they were influential; while the Egyptians documented their presence and the wars against them, it has never been clear exactly where the Sea Peoples originated or what compelled them to invade various parts of the region with massive numbers. Whatever the reason, the Sea Peoples posed an existential threat to the people already living in the region, as noted by an Egyptian inscription: "The foreign countries [i.e., Sea Peoples] made a conspiracy in their islands. All at once the lands were removed and scattered in the fray."
©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors
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5 out of 5 stars
By Teresa on 05-11-15

Amazing Lesser Known History

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I thought it was neat learning about the Sea people. The name 'sea people' conjures up many images but when you look at this as a part of a larger whole or a piece to a historic puzzle, it begins to make more sense. It makes me think of 'clay people.'

They have several presumed origins and there wasn't much documentation regarding them but they existed. They derived from many areas around the Mediterranean Sea such as places that are now Italy, Greece, and maybe Syria. Their arrival played a role in ancient history by ending the Bronze Age and ushering in the Iron Age.

I would suppose that researching this topic was somewhat difficult which makes me like it all the more. I would be interested in more about this time period. This was great.

Kudos to Jack Chekijian for narrating this book. I thought he did a fantastic job pronouncing the names of the tribes and cities of this period. He spoke clearly and made this easier to understand. I would've hashed it up and he went through it like nobody's business. I love history, especially when it's understandable. Super job!

Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 05-12-15

Who were the Sea People and why

A nice one hour dissertation relating known documentation from the time of the end of the Bronze age into a cohesive study. This is not my area, but it was a good learning opportunity and well presented.
JC does a fine job of preventing the material from being dusty and boring. No dramatics or anything, just clear speaking and variant cadence and tone.

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