1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Which looks at the cosmopolitan trading civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean during the 1400-1177 bc era, and how it collapsed.
One well-supported theory suggests a military innovation that enabled a cheaply-outfitted, quickly recruited army of 10,000 to defeat a standing force of 1000 charioteers. Such an army might be easily filled out from among the overtaxed farmers surrounding each walled city. In this alternative, the "dark age" might rather indicate freedom from centralized oppression, with "civilization" arising again only after its faults were forgotten; and the Catastrophe an early sort of "Mediterranean Spring".
There was never more than conjecture supporting the "Sea Peoples" idea. For the popular-uprising approach, we may imagine a core of a few hundred organizers proceeding from one city to the next, with local recruiting promises (and testimonials from the last) of rich spoils from each new target.
There are theories that Akhenaten was the inspiration for Jewish monotheism. Israelite slaves in Egypt picked up the new idea, then migrated under Moses to the Promised Land, while reinterpreting or suppressing their previous polytheistic Abrahamic origins.
For example, the Ten Commandments from that migration are just a few trivial and obvious rules for communal life, together with fanatical paranoid proscriptions about worshipping other Gods. Why the stress on the one God if it was a long established fact of life? Sounds much more like enforcement of the new exclusive monotheistic doctrine.
In the east, where the sun rises.
Binoculars were handy because the Pharaoh costumes were amazing.
You don't have to be an opera buff - Glass is is great if you like electronica. It's an opera that could justify having a dance floor for throwing some shapes.
I couldn't find any citations from a 5 min goog search on the latter claim, but here's an even more recent article (2018) that talks about Akhenaten anticipating the Athenian philosophers.
This was a really huge departure from tradition in almost all the ways.
(It's so fun to speculate about all this.)
After he was deposed by that same priestly class, they did the thing that usually happens -- defiling all monuments and writing a version of the events that put them in the best possible light.
There's a lesson in Akhenaten's history for many areas of many sectors - not least the tech sector.