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5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be the reference on Mediterranean pre-history
This book finishes where the others start. This is about the human and physical geography of Mediterranean before the upstarts like the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans arrived and developed their civilisations.

It's a very detailed hefty tome from an author with a world-class academic background but with a very readable style. I'm finding it in the "I could not...
Published 8 months ago by Martin Castellan

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1.0 out of 5 stars interesting subject, hideously treated
Cyprian Broadbank should learn to write adequate E English or find someone who can to turn his horribly complicated and incomprehensible gobbledygook into the fascinating history it should have been. What it had to say was fascinating and thought provoking but it is maddeningly ill expressed, so much so that it takes real determination and a profound interest in the...
Published 5 months ago by R. E. Booth


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5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be the reference on Mediterranean pre-history, 20 Nov 2013
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Martin Castellan (Toulouse, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World (Hardcover)
This book finishes where the others start. This is about the human and physical geography of Mediterranean before the upstarts like the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans arrived and developed their civilisations.

It's a very detailed hefty tome from an author with a world-class academic background but with a very readable style. I'm finding it in the "I could not put it down" class. It's worth the full bookshop price. At Amazon's, it's a snip.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best reads I've enjoyed, 18 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World (Hardcover)
Having read over the years many academic studies from archeology and more recent works on anthropology I was immediately impressed by Cyprian Broodbank's account of early human appearances in small settlements along north and south shores of the Mediterranean Sea. It is arranged well and relies on the evidence in the ground left by these peoples as they slowly developed from scanners to gatherers to hunters. Each account it is fully documented by sources, sufficient to satisfy academic scholars and the passing interested reader - tools, diets, and culture - from modern science diagnostic techniques.
It is written well. As an academic scholar in a different field, I can recommend it as of a high literate standard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating description of human development around the whole Mediterranean, 22 Mar 2014
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This book is a thorough and well researched story of the archaeology and history of the Mediterranean peoples. I have not encountered any book before that covered such a wide geographical sweep in so much detail. Despite the academic thoroughness the narrative is so well written that this book is enjoyable as well as educational. It was recommended to me and I am happy to pass on the recommendation. I would expect it to suit both serious students of the region and those with a more general interest in the subject.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survey of Mediterranean history, 5 Dec 2013
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An outstanding survey of the Mediterranean, the area, its formation, its history in a lively, readable and uptodate text. Thoroughly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - lots of information but very readable, 2 Mar 2014
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A significant volume but with a good number of photos. A very good study of a wide and big topic but presented in a very readable style. Serves well as a reference book but also something that can be enjoyed from cover to cover.
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars interesting subject, hideously treated, 22 Feb 2014
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Cyprian Broadbank should learn to write adequate E English or find someone who can to turn his horribly complicated and incomprehensible gobbledygook into the fascinating history it should have been. What it had to say was fascinating and thought provoking but it is maddeningly ill expressed, so much so that it takes real determination and a profound interest in the subject to endure the jargon, the overlong , over complicated sentences. There is also a use of jargon which is rather unattractive. To have finiished this work argues a degree of endurance of which one can only be proud. Please will someone, sometime take the content of this farrago and make a proper book of it..
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