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Who were the Philistines? West Asian history

By | 2017-09-14T17:35:22+00:00 September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Philistines on the Egyptian temple of Medinet Habu At the end of the Late Bronze Age, around 1200 BC, there were bad times all over the Mediterranean and West Asia. The Egyptian New Kingdom collapsed, and so did the Hittite Empire. We don't exactly know why. It may have been a change in the climate, which caused a drought and [...]

West Asian economy in the Dark Age

By | 2017-09-12T18:54:30+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Economy, West Asia|

The temple of Goliath's town, Gath - apparently founded by the Philistines, when they fled the economic problems at home and arrived in Israel around 1100 BC The political collapse around 1200 BC in West Asia may have been related to an economic collapse about the same time. Between about 1200 and about 1000 BC, not so much trade was [...]

Dark Age Greece – History of Greece

By | 2017-07-07T15:25:10+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Submycenaean octopus jar After most of the Mycenean palaces were destroyed around 1200 BC, nobody rebuilt them. The only palace we know of which was not destroyed was the one at Athens. But even Athens seems to have had a hard time for the next several hundred years. There were no more kings. [...]

Climate change and the Philistines

By | 2017-06-20T01:15:45+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Africa, Environment, West Asia|

But even as people created the world's first cities and governments, the world continued to get warmer. This may have been caused partly by farming itself. Maybe the farmers cut down too many trees that had been taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. By about 2000 BC, it was so warm that even in [...]

Third Intermediate Period: Ancient Egypt

By | 2017-06-17T18:24:08+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, History|

Philistines on the Egyptian temple at Medinet Habu After the death of the last Ramses in 1085 BC, Egypt fell apart. Nobody knows exactly why, but there may have been a serious drought. The Hittite and Mycenaean cultures collapsed at the same time, and various people from that area invaded Egypt, where they [...]