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

Hardcover | October 16, 2013

byCyprian Broodbank

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The Mediterranean has been for millennia one of the global cockpits of human endeavor. 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, despitethe fact that almost all the fundamental developments originated well before 500 BC. This 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, bywhich time the "Middle Sea" was already in effect made. Thanks to unrivalled depth and breadth of exploration, Mediterranean archaeology is one of the world's richest sources for the reconstruction of ancient societies. This book is the first to draw in equal measure on ideas and information from the European, western Asian and African flanks, as well asthe islands at the Mediterranean's heart, to achieve a truly innovative focus on the varied trajectories and interactions that created this maritime world. The Mediterranean combines unusual conditions in a strictly unique fashion that goes a long way towards explaining its precocious development: it is the world's largest inland sea, easily the largest of the five challenging, opportunity-rich "mediterraneoid" environments on the planet, and adjacentto the riverine cores of two of the earliest civilizations, in Mesopotamia and Egypt. No wonder its societies proved exceptional. 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 ofarchaeological and historical writing.

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The Mediterranean has been for millennia one of the global cockpits of human endeavor. 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, despitethe fact that almost all the fundamental de...

Cyprian Broodbank is Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and the author of An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades (winner of the 2002 AIA James R. Wiseman award).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:672 pages, 7.25 × 9.75 × 0.98 inPublished:October 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199999783

ISBN - 13:9780199999781

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Table of Contents

1. A Barbarian History2. Provocative Places3. The Speciating Sea (1.8 million to 50,000 years ago)4. A Cold Coming We Had Of It (50,000-10,000 BC)5. Brave New Worlds (10,000-5,500 BC)6. How It Might Have Been (5,500-3,500 BC)7. The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (3,500-2,200 BC)8. Pomp and circumstance (2,200-1,300 BC)9. From Sea to Shining Sea (1,300-800 BC)10. The End of the Beginning (800-500 BC)11. De ProfundisNotesBibliographyList of FiguresAcknowledgmentsIndex