Higbie book cover
House of names Toibin cover
Wilson Odyssey cover
Oligarchy Simonton
GHI Rhodes Osborne
Istanbul mmp cover

2018 Runciman Award Short list

The books from which this year’s winner of the Runciman Award will be selected are:

Collectors, Scholars and Forgers
Carolyn Higbie
Oxford University Press

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities
Bettany Hughes
Weidenfeld & Nicolson

The Afterlives of Greek Sculpture
Rachel Kousser
Cambridge University Press

Greek Historical Inscriptions 478-404 BC
Robin Osborne & P. J. Rhodes
Oxford University Press

Classical Greek Oligarchy
Matthew Simonton
Princeton University Press

House of Names
Colm Tóibín

Homer The Odyssey (tr.)
Emily Wilson
W. W. Norton & Company

2018 Runciman Award Ceremony

sponsored by Elias Paraskevas Attorneys

Thursday 14 June 2018, 6.00pm
The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington St., Marylebone, London W1

You are cordially invited to the award ceremony. Entrance is free, but please email in advance if you intend to come.

Winners of the 2017 Runciman Book Prize

Last year’s Runciman Book Prize was awarded jointly to Professor Ivan Drpić and Professor Marc Domingo Gygax.

Epigram, Art, and Devotion in Later Byzantium by Professor Ivan Drpić (CUP)

This is a gripping book with wonderful illustrations that evoke the richness and complexity of the texts and objects explored in it.

Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos, Chairman of the Judges

Benefaction and Rewards in the Ancient Greek City: The Origins of Euergetism by Professor Marc Domingo Gygax (CUP )

 This is an entirely new way of looking at the system of the gift in ancient Greece. Focusing on benefaction of various kinds and the reciprocity it sparked the author explores the origins of the system in archaic Greece and illuminates the tensions with which it was fraught.

Dr Dionysios Stathakopoulos, Chairman of the Judges


Greek culture and civilization year after year continue to be a source of inspiration.
Dr. Angeliki Lymperopoulou, judge (2014)

Emily Wilson interview
Part 2 of the interview. Read Part 1 here. You are – famously by now – the first woman to translate the Odyssey into English ...
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Emily Wilson interview
Emily, thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your book. What prompted you to tackle a work that has been translated ...
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Bettany, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us about your book, Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities. What drove you ...
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Bettany Hughes
INTRODUCTION Though all other cities have their periods of government and are subject to the decays of time, Constantinople alone seems to claim a kind ...
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Matt, thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your book, Classical Greek Oligarchy: a Political History, which has a wide frame ...
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Matthew Simonton
At least since the time of the poet Pindar in the mid-fifth century BCE, the ancient Greeks understood that  regimes could be classed according to ...
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