Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Eric H. Cline Interview! (12/5/14)

It is a true honor to welcome to the program, Dr. Eric H. ClineHe is here to discuss his most recent book which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed (2014).

He is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University, in Washington DC.

A Fulbright scholar and National Geographic Explorer, Dr. Cline holds degrees in Classical Archaeology (BA, Dartmouth 1982), Near Eastern Archaeology (MA, Yale 1984), and Ancient History (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1991). His primary fields of expertise are the interactions between the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean during the second millennium BC as well the military history of selected sites through the ages.

An active field archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States virtually every summer since 1980, for a total of 30 field seasons. He is currently Co-Director of two excavations in Israel: Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) and Tel Kabri, which operate in alternate summers.

He is perhaps best known for writing The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age (2000); Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel (2004); From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible (2007); Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (2009) and The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction (2013), in addition to 1177 BC.

Dr. Cline’s research has been featured and reviewed in Time magazine, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, US News & World Report, USA Today, the National Republic, the Weekly Standard, the Huffington Post, National Geographic News, the Times Literary Supplement, the Times Higher Education Supplement, the Jerusalem Post, the London Daily Telegraph, the London Mirror, the Brisbane Courier-Mail, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Post, the Associated Press, and elsewhere, including all of the major television networks and many of the cable networks, such as ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN.

Dr. Cline has presented more than 300 scholarly and public lectures and presentations on his work to a wide variety of audiences both nationally and internationally, including at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Explorers Club in New York, and the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles.

He has also appeared in more than twenty television programs and documentaries, ranging from ABC (including Nightline and Good Morning America) to the BBC and the National Geographic, History, and Discovery Channels. He has been interviewed by syndicated national and international television and radio hosts including Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "Good Morning America," Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum on Fox New Channel's "America's Newsroom," Fergus Nicoll on the BBC World Service/The World Today, Kojo Nnamdi on NPR’s “Public Interest” show, Michael Dresser on “The Michael Dresser” show, and Richard Sheehe on WRGW.

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