Cyprian Broodbank awarded Wolfson History Prize

3 June 2014

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

Congratulations to Cyprian Broodbank who has been awarded one of this year's Wolfson Foundation History Prizes for his book on The Making of the Middle Sea.

The Making of the Middle Sea, published by Thames and Hudson, 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.

The 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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The Wolfson Foundation was established in 1955 and supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts & humanities.

The Wolfson History Prizes are awarded annually to promote and encourage standards of excellence in the writing of history for the general public. First awarded in 1972, the Prizes remain beacons of the best historical writing being produced in the UK, reflecting qualities of both readability and excellence in writing and research.

Cyprian was awarded his prize at a special reception at Claridge's in London on 2 June 2014.

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