James Henry Breasted Prize Recipients

This prize, named in honor of James Henry Breasted, a pioneer in ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern history and president of the Association in 1928, is awarded for the best book in English on any field of history prior to the year 1000 CE. The prize was first awarded in 1985. Until 1999, it rotated annually among the following geographical areas: Near East and Egypt; Far East and South Asia; Africa, North America, and Latin America; and Europe.

2013

Dr. Patricia Crone, The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism (Cambridge Univ. Press)

2012

Dr. Kyle Harper, Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275-425 (Cambridge Univ. Press)

2011

Dr. Saskia T. Roselaar, Public Land in the Roman Republic: A Social and Economic History of Ager Publicus in Italy, 396-89 BC (Oxford Univ. Press)

2010

Dr. Matthew P. Canepa, The Two Eyes of the Earth: Art and Ritual of Kingship between Rome and Sasanian Iran (Univ. of California Press)

2009

Dr. Zainab Bahrani, Rituals of War: The Body and Violence in Mesopotamia (Zone Books, distributed by MIT Press)

2008

Dr. Anthony J. Barbieri-Low, Artisans in Early Imperial China (Univ. of Washington Press)

2007

Dr. John F. Matthews, The Journey of Theophanes: Travel, Business, and Daily Life in the Roman East (Yale Univ. Press)

2006

Dr. Christopher Wickham, Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800 (Oxford Univ. Press)

2005

Dr. Callie Williamson, The Laws of the Roman People: Public Law in the Expansion and Decline of the Roman Republic (Univ. of Michigan Press)

2004

Dr. Kurt Raaflaub, The Discovery of Freedom in Ancient Greece. (Univ. of Chicago Press)

2003

Dr. David Lewis-Williams, The Mind in the Cave (Thames & London)

2002

Dr. William V. Harris, Restraining Rage: The Ideology of Anger Control in Classical Antiquity (Harvard Univ. Press)

2001

Dr. Barry Cunliffe, Facing the Ocean: The Atlantic and Its Peoples 8000 BC-AD 1500 (Oxford Univ. Press)

2000

Dr. Warwick Ball, Rome in the East: The Transformation of an Empire (Routledge)

1999

Dr. David Woodward, The History of Cartography: Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Artic, Australian, and Pacific Societies, vol. 2, no. 3 (Univ. of Chicago Press)

1999

Dr. G. Malcolm Lewis, The History of Cartography: Cartography in the Traditional African, American, Artic, Australian, and Pacific Societies, vol. 2, no. 3 (Univ. of Chicago Press)

1997

Dr. Amélie Kuhrt, The Ancient Near East, c. 3000-330 BC, 2 vols. (Routledge)

1996

Dr. William E. Klingshirn, Caesrius of Arles: The Making of a Christian Community in Late Antique Gaul (Cambridge Univ. Press)

1995

Dr. Bruce D. Smith, Rivers of Change: Essays on Early Agriculture in Eastern North America (Smithsonian Inst. Press)

1994

Dr. Miranda E. Shaw, Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism (Princeton Univ. Press)

1993

Dr. E.J.W. Barber, Prehistoric Textile (Princeton Univ. Press)

1992

Dr. Glen W. Bowersock, Hellenism in Late Antiquity (Univ. of Michigan Press)

1990

Dr. Robert Borgen, Sugawara no Michizane and the Early Heian Court (Harvard Univ. Press)

1989

Dr. Dorothy J. Thompson, Memphis under the Ptolemies (Princeton Univ. Press)

1988

Dr. Erich S. Gruen, The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Age of Rome (Univ. of California Press)

1986

Dr. Benjamin I. Schwartz, The World of Thought in Ancient China (Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press)

1985

Dr. John Van Seters, In Search of History: Historiography in the Ancient World and the Origins of Biblical History (Yale Univ. Press)