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The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World

25 November 2013

The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World

Cyprian Broodbank’s new early history of the Mediterranean is now available.

Published recently by Thames and Hudson, The Making of the Middle Sea is the first full, interpretive synthesis for a generation of how the Mediterranean world came into being, from its beginning, before the emergence of our own species, up to the threshold of Classical times.

Cyprian’s new volume, which has been described as ‘a masterpiece of archaeological and historical writing’ draws 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.   

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Cyprian is also to be congratulated on his recent election to the prestigious John Disney Professorship of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Cyprian will become the 12th Disney Professor and also the 3rd Director of the McDonald Institute following the retirement of Graeme Barker from these posts next year.  

As Stephen Shennan indicated: 

  • All of Cyprian’s friends and colleagues at the Institute of Archaeology wish him the very best as he takes on this leading and exciting role which, it is hoped, will lead to a new phase of collaboration between our two institutions.”