The Making of the Middle Sea
A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World
- ISBN 9780500051764
- 24.60 x 18.60 cm
- 387 Illustrations, 49 in colour
- First published 2013
The Making of the Middle Sea was one of the two winners of the prestigious Wolfson History Prize in 2014.
The Wolfson History Prize promotes and encourages standards of excellence in the writing of readable and scholarly history suitable for a general audience.
History Prize judge Professor Julia Smith said 'Its theme is how connections are forged between distant places, what consolidates those links and why they sometimes fail to endure. Its shifting vision keeps the reader on the move, from port to port … a distinctly postmodern take on pre-history'.
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‘Imposing and engaging … A major intellectual feat … This is one of those rare books – I can think of no other – in which the treatment of prehistoric times moves seamlessly into the historic period of the ancient world. It is to be applauded as a major work which sets new standards in scholarship, coherence and readability’ – Colin Renfrew, Times Literary Supplement
‘A masterly synthesis that shows us just how much Greece, Rome and other later societies owed to earlier millennia. Beautifully written, up-to-date and elegantly argued’ – Brian Fagan, University of California, author of 'Beyond the Blue Horizon'
'The Making of the Middle Sea' offers an invaluable and beautifully illustrated resource, incomparable in its scope, depth and originality … 'History Today
A masterpiece of archaeological and historical writing – this is the first full, interpretive synthesis for a generation on the rise of the Mediterranean world from its very beginnings up to the threshold of Classical times
World-class interpretations exist of the Mediterranean's Classical and subsequent history, but there has been remarkably little holistic exploration of how its societies, culture and economies first came into being, despite the fact that almost all the fundamental developments originated well before 500 BC.
Mediterranean archaeology is one of the world’s richest sources for the reconstruction of ancient societies, yet this book is the first to draw in equal measure on ideas and information from the European, western Asian and African flanks, as well as the islands at the Mediterranean’s heart, to achieve a truly innovative focus on the varied trajectories and interactions that created this maritime world.
The Making of the Middle Sea is extensively illustrated and ranges across disciplines, subject matter and chronology from early humans and the origins of farming and metallurgy to the rise of civilizations – Egyptian, Levantine, Minoan, Mycenaean, Phoenician, Etruscan, early Greek and ultimately pan-Mediterranean.
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Cyprian Broodbank is Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and has held fellowships and visiting appointments in connection with this book from All Souls College, Oxford, the University of Cincinnati, UCLA and the British Academy. His previous book, An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades, won two international book prizes: the James R. Wiseman award of the Archaeological Institute of America (for all fields of archaeology), and the Runciman Prize (for all fields of Hellenic Studies).