Twelve hundred years before Christ was born turmoil was the way of life in the Fertile Crescent and bordering regions. Old empires like the Minoans had fallen, leaving a vacuum in trade and military might that begged rising civilizations such as Mycenae and Troy to attempt to fill. The ancient Hittite empire which first used iron implements fell to a Bronze culture at the same time that Mycenae finally overcame its rival Troy. In the northern Balkans, the Dorian invasion of the lower peninsula had begun. Everywhere it seemed vagabond nations were searching for wealth, farmland, and a chance to survive.
From the midst of this chaos arose a group of invaders the Egyptians referred to as the Sea People. Although named by the Egyptians, the names are not otherwise known to historians. Even the scant clues to their origins do not offer enough to locate the homeland of even one of them. Archaeology and history do have some guesses but lack the means to verify any of them at the moment. Perhaps one day a Rosetta Stone or a Tel Dan Stela will emerge as positive identification. Until then, our imaginations are free to roam among the facts and to concoct entertaining stories of those legendary times.