According to tradition, Myceneans began their war against
The darkness, however, soon engulfed the Myceneans as well. No sooner had the victors returned home when their own civilization began its centuries-long decline. Central political authority collapsed. Small groups and individuals roamed the countryside and committed random acts of violence. Maritime trade stopped. People lost the ability to read, write, and calculate. The alphabet in use at the time, called Linear B, disappeared, never to be used again. Artists and artisans stopped using their skills. Cities and towns were abandoned and some never resettled. Population shrank.
In the Levant, Canaanites faced attack by Philistines from the west beginning in 1200 BC.
Invaders at this time even attempted to take control of Egypt. Fighting these invaders drained the central treasury. Master craftsmen working on the royal tombs in the
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