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.


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


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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