James Henry Breasted Prize
Established in 1985 and named in honor of James Henry Breasted, a pioneer in ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern history and president of the Association in 1928, this prize is offered for the best book in English in any field of history prior to CE 1000. The prize was endowed by Joseph O. Losos, a longtime member of the Association. The general rules for submission are:
- Only books of a high scholarly nature should be submitted. Research accuracy, originality, and literary merit are important factors.
- Only books bearing an imprint of 2014 will be eligible for the 2015 award.
- Nominators must complete the online Data Collection Form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members and clearly labeled “Breasted Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2015, to be eligible for the 2015 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2016 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2014 Breasted Prize
Alex Mullen, All Souls Coll., Univ. of Oxford
Southern Gaul and the Mediterranean: Multilingualism and Multiple Identities in the Iron Age and Roman Periods (Cambridge Univ. Press)
What makes Alex Mullen’s study exceptional is that she courageously takes in hand a very longue durée of Mediterranean history, and truly makes use of the totality of the evidence, archaeological as well as textual. In particular she succeeds in making historical sense out of a complex body of inscriptions in several languages. Her use of sociolinguistics and her sophisticated understanding of identity help to make this deeply learned study a major contribution.