APOCALYPSE It has been predicted countless times over thousands of years. In the generation following 1200 BC it actually happened, and no one saw it coming. The great civilizations of the age fell. The magnificent cities of the Eastern Mediterranean were destroyed or simply abandoned. We have glimpses of the events from Homer's epic tales of the Trojan War, and from hieroglyphics that tell of desperate battles fought by Egypt's Pharaohs to hold back invading hordes, but the complete story of how and why the Eastern Mediterranean collapse came about has yet to be told. The End of Civilization takes a fresh look at the evidence and develops a narrative that traces the collapse step by step and exposes the reasons behind it.