It’s no wonder that the Mediterranean basin—centered on the world’s largest inland sea, blessed by a subtropical climate, and host to nurturing rivers—gave birth to several ancient civilizations. What many don’t realize, however, is that the Mediterranean’s pre-classical history was just as rich as its geography, and just as instrumental in priming the region for success.
In The Making of the Middle Sea, Cyprian Broodbank tells the epic story of the early Mediterranean, from pre-human prehistory to the threshold of the classical era. Drawing on archaeological evidence, he sheds light on the previously overshadowed pluck and progress of the earliest humans of the region. Below are a few of the images of historical findings in early Mediterranean history.
Cyprian Broodbank is Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is the author of The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World and An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades (winner of the 2002 AIA James R. Wiseman award).