April 14th

It was supposed to be about those mythical “Sea People” who around 1177 BC swept abound Medditerian and Near East and Mesopotamia and laid waste to lands of Minoans, Mycenaeans, Hittites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Mitannians, Canaanites, Cypriots, and Egyptians. Those ancient civilizations were destroyed and slowly rebuilt — but not as Bronze Age but as Iron Age societies.

And chapter after chapter there were mentions that we will soon get to those “Sea People” but first, of course, the author presented the background of those empires in the Late Bronze Age, from a historical standpoint. And in the end we never really get any information about “Sea People” — we still don’t know who they were, where they came from (Sardinia? Sicily?), what happened to them afterward — were they settled in those lands and intermarried with survivors? And we are not sure if those disasters around 1177 BC can actually be attributed to this invasion — there are other possibilities like a series of earthquakes, internal rebellions, or fires and such.

But even though in this book we never got any new information about “Sea People” it was an excellent book — a very good primer to the time of Late Bronze Age, especially political and commercial network among those nations. What was very surprising to me was how extensively were all those countries connected — be it by marriages or commercial endeavors or mutually beneficial help. In this book, there are many quotes from clay tablet letters between rulers and merchants. Information and commerce were exchanged freely among those in power but people moved freely as well, from city to city, from nation to nation — merchants, artisans, mercenaries. There was a vast network of interconnected interests.

And it only took a break somewhere in this network, some kind of disaster (natural or man-made) in one place, for all the other nations to start to crumble. Like dominoes, once one fell — others followed. It was very surprising for me, I wasn't expecting that kind of interdependence among nations of that era and in that particular region. I am very glad I read it and learned something new and interesting about this historical period.

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footsteps of the Furies

“for they knew what sort of noise it was; they recognize, by now, the footsteps of the Furies”. Enjoying life on the road to recovery. Observing and writing.