Jul 4, 2017

2 min read

A Read / Watch Guide to the Collapse of the Bronze Age

Some fascinating scholarship has been making its way into popular media.

I just picked up and started listening to the book 1177 B.C. The subject is deathly fascinating… if you can manage to make it into the meat of the book. However, there is a lot of genuine, strong, modern scholarship backing up the story being told.

As always, the scholarship is amazing to have, but can make it a bit of a slog to get deep into. However, I was extremely pleased to see some recent colorful videos come out into a youtube channel that basically cover the same material.

This is part 1 in a 2 part series. The material is mostly the same as what’s in the book, but the book is so dense it’s really hard to absorb. I found myself watching this 2 part series more than once while reading the book to remind myself of some of the basic parameters.

These aren’t the only videos out there on the subject, and a few years ago Crash Course also took on the subject:

This video is also colorful and entertaining. However, the informative value of it is substantially weaker than what the Extra Credit video offer. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this video was released years ago and, thus, didn’t have access to the same scholarly sources. If you only wanted 1 video to introduce the subject, this may be the best for you.

With quick introductions out of the way, let’s get to the hard stuff. This video contains a full academic lecture on the subject by the author of the book:

This video was originally what got me interested, and caused me to go out and get the book. It’s very good as far as lectures go, although I still enjoyed picking and choosing, skipping around the lecture’s timeline.

Ultimately, of course, there’s no replacement for the book. It is, however, really nice that we have this rich multi-media environment automatically available to us. Sometimes, these days, I feel like I can’t get everything I want out of a book if I don’t watch some companion videos on the subject. I think this is almost a perfect case-in-point for that.

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