Louise Hitchcock, Professor of Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology in the Classics and Archaeology Program at the University of Melbourne, will present a lecture entitled What the Covid-19 Pandemic Can Tell Us About the Bronze Age (12th cent) Collapse in Greece, on Thursday 25 June 2020, as a part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered for ten consecutive years by the Greek Community of Melbourne.
This is the first lecture to be delivered online during the CODIV-19 pandemic. The seminars will be broadcast via the video-conferencing platform Zoom and streamed on the Community’s Facebook and Youtube channels.
Professor Hitchcock will re-examine theories of events and mythologies surrounding the end of Bronze Age (12th century BCE) in the Mediterranean, which resulted in collapse, depopulation in Greece, and the destruction of the Mycenaean civilization as well as of many sites around the Mediterranean.
The once popular Dorian invasion of Greece from the north, which is found in older books, is largely dismissed nowadays by scholars as an Aryan fantasy. Plague, climate change, famine, and earthquakes are other proposed causes for the end of the Bronze Age. In the past, such proposals have been difficult to accept as drivers of destruction as it might indicate that people were too sick or hungry to destroy cities. Thus, events like plague or famine were seen as unable to account for destruction or for the appearance of new forms of weaponry including the Naue II or cut and thrust sword, the Perstosa Italian dagger, and the socketed spear, followed by the appearance of iron weaponry. The destructions and these new weapons could only result from human agency.
Join us this Thursday to find out the rest of the story.