Nonino Prize 2017

Cyprian Broodbank



Cyprian Broodbank’s work, now considered “a masterpiece of the archeological, historical and geographic research of the Mediterranean”, with a winning writing proposes in more than six-hundred pages the prehistory and evolution of the Middle Sea, from the birth of agriculture to the development of navigation and metallurgy, from the rising of archaic myths to the deep suggestions of art and thought, opening for us glimpses of modernity in the remote relations among Mediterranean peoples, a universe that helps us investigate the globalized world


Cyprian Broodbank, born on 26 December 1964, is a British archaeologist and academic. From 2010 to 2014, he was Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at University College London.
He studied history at the University of Oxford, graduating in 1986 Bachelor of Arts (BA). In 1987 he obtained the Master of Arts (MA) degree at the University of Bristol.
He undertook postgraduate study at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1996.
Broodbank began his academic career as a junior research fellow at University College, Oxford from 1991 to 1993. In 1993, he joined the University College London as a lecturer in Aegean archaeology based in the Institute of Archaeology. In October 2010, he was appointed Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology.
In November 2013, it was announced that he had been elected to the position of Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. He took up the appointment in October 2014.
In addition, he is the Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, and a Professorial Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
On 11 October 2007, Broodbank was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA). Since 16 July 2015, he has been a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).

For An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades (Cambridge University Press, 2000) he was awarded the 2001 Runciman Award by the Anglo-Hellenic League and in 2003 the James R. Wiseman Book Award by the Archaeological Institute of America.
In 2014, he was awarded the Wolfson Prize for History for his book The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World (Thames and Hudson, 2013) which has been described as ‘an unprecedented work of scholarship; it is unlikely ever to be matched’ and as a ‘landmark publication’.