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.
'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
'A major intellectual feat … sets new standards in scholarship, coherence and readability'
Colin Renfrew, The Times Literary Supplement
'An almighty achievement … wonderfully elegant prose … fascinating, intelligent and well-written but also provocative and challenging'