Winners of the 2018 Runciman Book Prize

Classical Greek Oligarchy  – Matthew Simonton (Princeton University Press)

Matthew Simonton’s Classical Greek Oligarchy tackles an unusual subject – a refreshing change from all those studies of Athenian democracy – and tackles it with great flair, his knowledge of political theory always apparent but never over-played. This is a compelling account of an under-explored topic, and a most enjoyable read.

Dr John Penney, Chairman of the Judges

House of Names – Colm Tóibín (Penguin/Viking)

It is a gripping novel, beautifully written, and the atmosphere of disquiet, uncertainty and betrayal is truly haunting. Our congratulations to both these fine authors.

Dr John Penney, Chairman of the Judges


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

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Colm Toibin interview
Following the announcement that Matthew Simonton and Colm Tóibín are joint winners of this year's Runciman Award, we caught up with Mr Tóibín and asked him a ...
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At a ceremony held at the London Hellenic Centre on 14 June, in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, President and Chief ...
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Carolyn Higbie interview
Carolyn, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions about your book. Before we turn to Collectors, Scholars, and Forgers in the Ancient ...
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Rachel, thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your book, The Afterlives of Greek Sculpture: Interaction, Transformation, and Destruction. The 'afterlives' ...
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Rachel Kousser
In the five centuries between the Persian wars and the death of Cleopatra, the Greeks not only created some of the ancient world’s best known ...
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