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.
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.