Fire destroyed much of the Myceneans at the end of the Bronze Age.
So I am reading this book and it’s about this two decade period a thousand or so years before the Common Era, where entire nations collapsed and some unknown raiders called the Sea Peoples overwhelmed nations all along the Levanth, up over Chaldea, and in Greece.
One of the terrifying possibilities is that the ubiquitous destruction by fire of the enore area may have just been regular citizens gone rogue:
“Karageorghis went on to suggest that “large numbers of refugees” left mainland Greece when the “Mycenaean empire” (as he called it) collapsed, and that they became plunderers and adventurers, who eventually reached Cyprus in the company of others, ca. 1225 BC. He attributed to them the destructions on Cyprus at this time, including the major sites of Kition and Enkomi on the eastern coast, as well as activity at other sites such as Maa-Palaeokastro, Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Sinda, and Maroni. 116”
— 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) by Eric H. Cline