Ep. 019 – Ugarit in Flames

This episode will conclude with the city of Ugarit in flames. Before we get there, we'll look at two Hittite invasions of Cyprus using borrowed ships, Egypt's first battle with the Sea Peoples, and the practice of using human hands as accounting units. After that, we'll delve into the causes of the Late Bronze Age Collapse: earthquake, climate change, drought, famine, and invasion. With each of these causes we'll look at the evidence as it comes. Finally, we have recovered letters from many cities like Ugarit, cities that were ultimately destroyed. These letters open a window on to the actions and fears of kings and merchants as the Bronze Age World collapsed underneath them. Heady stuff!


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Sources

  • Steiner, Margreet L., & Ann E. Killebrew, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant: c. 8000-332 BCE (2014).

  2 comments for “Ep. 019 – Ugarit in Flames

  1. mehmet
    December 16, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Hi,
    When I try to listen Ep. 19, Ep. 17 plays. I think there is a wrong link..
    BTW, thanks for this beautiful podcast.

    • Brandon Huebner
      December 16, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Quite right you are! That wrong link has now been rectified 🙂 Thanks for listening and thanks for the kind words as well.

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