The Making of the Middle Sea
Thames & Hudson Published: 31 August 2015 Price: £24.95
The full title of this book is The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence
of the Classical World, and it covers the history of the Mediterranean from the emergence of early man to the dawn of the classical era. This is an absolutely massive undertaking, but Broodbank tackles it with great aplomb. For millions of years the Mediterranean has produced some of the most astonishing history and culture on the planet, and its legacy extends around the globe to this day.
Broodbank examines why this area developed in such a way: it is the world’s largest inland sea and it is adjacent to two of the earliest civilizations, in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Therefore it is no wonder that its societies proved exceptional, and due to the depth and breadth of archaeological explorations, the Mediterranean has yielded one of the richest sources for the reconstruction of ancient societies. This is clearly a work of great dedication and erudition, and is a must read for anyone interested in any civilisations along its shores. The chronological table alone is a work of magnificence.