Eric Cline

Eric Cline

Professor of Classics, History, and Anthropology; Chair, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
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Address: 801 22nd St. NW
Phone: 202-994-0316
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Eric Cline is a scholar and award-winning teacher specializing in international trade and diplomacy in the ancient world. His primary fields of study are the military history of the Mediterranean world from antiquity to present and the international connections between Greece, Egypt, and the Near East during the Late Bronze Age (1700-1100 BCE). Professor Cline is an experienced field archaeologist, with 30 seasons of excavation and survey to his credit since 1980. He has worked in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States, including nine seasons at the site of Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel, where he is currently the Co-Director (USA). He is also Co-Director of the new series of archaeological excavations at the site of Tel Kabri, also located in Israel. His most recent book 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Princeton University Press, 2014), won the American Schools of Oriental Research 2014 Award for the Best Popular Book and the Association of American Publishers' Honorable Mention for the 2015 PROSE Award in Archeology & Anthropology. It was also one of The New York Post’s Best Books of 2014 and one of The Australian’s Best Books of the Year in 2014, chosen by filmmaker Bruce Beresford.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1991.


1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2014

The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction   Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2007.

Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2004.

The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2000.

Amenhotep III: Perspectives on his Reign. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998. Co-edited with David O'Connor.

The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millennium: Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Symposium, 18-20 April 1997. Aegaeum 18. Liege: Université de Liège, 1998. Co-edited with Diane Harris Cline.

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: International Trade and the Late Bronze Age Aegean. B.A.R. International Series 591. Oxford: Tempus Reparatum, 1994.

Classes Taught

Hist 2803: The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
Hist 2804: History of Ancient Israel
Hist 2112: Early Aegean and Greek Civilizations to 338 B.C.
Hist 2113: The Roman World to 337 A.D.
Hist 3111: Topics in Ancient History