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, Teotihuacan, 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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