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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 [...]

Who were the Hittites? West Asian history

By | 2017-09-14T14:02:23+00:00 September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Hittite musicians in long and short tunics (1500 BC, modern Turkey) The Hittites were Indo-European people. They seem to have moved south from the Caspian Sea into southern Turkey around 2000 BC, about the same time that the Trojans were moving into Troy and the Greeks were moving into Greece. The Hittites were different from the Semitic people who had lived there before, like [...]

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 [...]