The Sea Peoples



Donald B. Redford, Professor of Near East Studies at Pennsylvania State University, in Egypt, Canaan and Israel in Ancient Times, wrote:

"It is no exaggeration to claim that the movement of the Sea Peoples...changed the face of the ancient world more than any other single event before the time of Alexander the Great. In the history of the Near East the movement marks the end of -- indeed brought to an end -- one era and began another, with no continuum between the two. In Egypt...the effect proved negligible when compared with what the movement of these migrants wrought in Palestine and Syria...

No one could stand before these raiders. Hattusas was destroyed, and the Hittite empire [present day Turkey] swept away in one stroke. Tarsus [present day southern Turkey] was laid waste, as was Enkomi on Cyprus. Alalakh and Ugarit [present day western Syria] were razed to the ground, never to be rebuilt. The Late Bronze Age [1550 - 1200 B.C.] of the Levant vanished in an instant: archaeology gives a graphic dimension to the terror conveyed by the written record."
1992 - Donald B. Redford