Apocalypse: Earthquakes, Archaeology, and the Wrath of God

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Princeton University Press, 2008 - 309

What if Troy was not destroyed in the epic battle immortalized by Homer? What if many legendary cities of the ancient world did not meet their ends through war and conquest as archaeologists and historians believe, but in fact were laid waste by a force of nature so catastrophic that religions and legends describe it as the wrath of god? Apocalypse brings the latest scientific evidence to bear on biblical accounts, mythology, and the archaeological record to explore how ancient and modern earthquakes have shaped history--and, for some civilizations, seemingly heralded the end of the world.

Archaeologists are trained to seek human causes behind the ruins they study. Because of this, the subtle clues that indicate earthquake damage are often overlooked or even ignored. Amos Nur bridges the gap that for too long has separated archaeology and seismology. He examines tantalizing evidence of earthquakes at some of the world's most famous archaeological sites in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, including Troy, Jericho, Knossos, Mycenae, Armageddon, Teotihuacán, and Petra. He reveals what the Bible, the Iliad, and other writings can tell us about the seismic calamities that may have rocked the ancient world. He even explores how earthquakes may have helped preserve the Dead Sea Scrolls. As Nur shows, recognizing earthquake damage in the shifted foundations and toppled arches of historic ruins is vital today because the scientific record of world earthquake risks is still incomplete. Apocalypse explains where and why ancient earthquakes struck--and could strike again.

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Interesting, but needs some editing. Apocalypse covers much the same ground as Earthquakes in Human History, except Apocalypse author Amos Nur focuses on the end of the Bronze Age. Nur is a ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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It seems that this book was written to convince Classical archaeologists that earthquakes are a legitimate explanation for some dispositions of the archaeological record. It's not technical; in fact I ... Przeczytaj pełną recenzję

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Introduction
2
King Agamemnons Capital
12
How Earthquakes Happen
33
History Myth and the Reliability of the Written Record
66
Clues to Earthquakes in the Archaeological Record
89
Under the Rubble Human Casualties of Earthquakes
142
Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls Destruction That Preserves
163
Expanding the Earthquake Record in the Holy Land
187
Earthquake Storms and the Catastrophic End of the Bronze Age
225
Rumblings and Revolutions Political Effects of Earthquakes
247
Earthquakes and Societal Collapse
273
Glossary
280
References
290
Index
306
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Strona vi - And the great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

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Amos Nur is the Wayne Loel Professor of Earth Sciences and professor of geophysics at Stanford University. Dawn Burgess is a writer and editor based in Bar Harbor, Maine. She earned a PhD in geophysics from Stanford.

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