Making of the Middle Sea

The Making of the Middle Sea

A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World

  1. Cyprian Broodbank
  • ISBN 9780500292082
  • 24.60 x 18.60 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 672pp
  • 387 Illustrations, 49 in colour
  • First published 2015

New in paperback, the joint winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2014

‘An almighty achievement … wonderfully elegant prose … fascinating, intelligent and well-written but also provocative and challenging’’ – The Guardian
'A major intellectual feat … sets new standards in scholarship, coherence and readability’– Colin Renfrew, The Times Literary Supplement
‘A fascinating story, beautifully told … the breadth of [Broodbrank’s] scholarship, his lively curiosity and insights, and his analysis of vast amounts of data, add up to a stunningly original tour de force … It’s what scholarship ought to look like'– 'Classics for All' Reviews

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The Making of the Middle Sea

The Mediterranean has been for millennia one of the global cockpits of human endeavour. World-class interpretations exist of its 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.

This award-winning book is the first full, interpretive synthesis for a generation on the rise of the Mediterranean world from its beginning, before the emergence of our own species, up to the threshold of Classical times.

Extensively illustrated and ranging across disciplines, subject matter and chronology from early humans and the origins of farming and metallurgy to the rise of civilizations – Egyptian, Levantine, Hispanic, Minoan, Mycenaean, Phoenician, Etruscan, early Greek – the book is a masterpiece of archaeological and historical writing.

Cyprian Broodbank is John Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. His previous book, An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades, won 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).