Alain Bresson wins James Henry Breasted Prize

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Alain Bresson (Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and History) has won the American Historical Association’s James Henry Breasted Prize 2017 for his book The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy: institutions, markets, and growth in the city-states, which was published by Princeton University Press in 2016.

The James Henry Breasted Prize has been awarded annually by the American Historical Association since 1985 to the author of the best English book in any field of history prior to CE 1000. The Prize was instituted in honor of Professor James Henry Breasted, who founded the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in 1919 and was later president of the American Historical Association.

The Making of the Ancient Greek Economy presents a detailed and innovative picture of the exponential growth of the economy of the ancient Greek world in the archaic, classical, and Hellenistic periods. Professor Bresson’s receipt of the Prize reflects his status as a leading figure in contemporary debate on the history of the ancient economy, and the Department is delighted to congratulate him.