Almost every significant city in the eastern Mediterranean world was destroyed

Total collapse of civilisation in the 12th century BC.

One of the biggest mysteries in history is theĀ late Bronze Age Collapse. There’s no good explanation for why an early globalized civilization should suddenly disappear at around 1177 BC. “Within a period of forty to fifty years at the end of the thirteenth and the beginning of the twelfth century almost every significant city in the eastern Mediterranean world was destroyed, many of them never to be occupied again.”

There is no explaining the inexplicable, but one may nevertheless still wonder. A story I have never come across before, told as if it is common knowledge.