Cyprian Broodbank interviewed on BBC Radio 4

12 February 2014

Cyprian Broodbank

Cyprian Broodbank was interviewed by Melvyn Bragg on BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time' last week in a programme on the Phoenicians.

The discussion between Lord Bragg and guests Mark Woolmer (Durham University), Josephine Quinn (University of Oxford) and Cyprian focused on who the Phoenicians actually were.  Although they were hugely influential in the ancient world (trading all over the Mediterranean), they left few records of their own. Some scholars believe that the Phoenicians were never a unified civilisation but a loose association of neighbouring city-states.  Cyprian outlined how archaeology is helping to expand our view of these rather enigmatic peoples.

Cyprian's new book on the early history of the Mediterranean was published recently by Thames and Hudson. Entitled The Making of the Middle Sea, the volume 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.