Runciman Award 2021: Notice for Publishers

In 2021, the League is relaunching and offering a prize, known as the Runciman Award, in honour of the late Sir Steven Runciman, for an original work, wholly or mainly about some aspect of Greece or the world of Hellenism, published in English in any country of the world in its first edition during 2019 or 2020. Details of eligibility, terms and conditions of the Award in 2021, including the new process for publishers’ nominations of books, are contained in our latest post. The entry form is here.

We shall make an announcement early in 2021 about the new sponsorship arrangements, the composition of the judging panel and the key dates for the award in 2021. The chair of judges in 2021 is Prof. Peter Frankopan.

Winners of the 2019 Runciman Book Prize

The £9,000 award, sponsored by Elias Paraskevas Attorneys1933, was shared between: –

Time and its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire
Paul J Kosmin
Belknap Press of Harvard

The Transformation of Athens
Robin Osborne
Princeton University Press

Paul Kosmin’s book has far-reaching consequences for the study of history, because it touches upon two fundamental concepts by which we understand ourselves and our place in the world: temporality and historicity. Robin Osborne offers new ways of looking at the intricate interleaving of art and society and, most crucially, at the ways we, as moral agents, may transform ourselves, our sense of self and place, in trying to understand the transformation of our society.

Dr Dionysis Kapsalis, Chairman of the judging panel

Full text of speech at the award ceremony on 13th June


Also on the short list were the following four books which the judges commended highly: –

The Gardens of Corfu
Rachel Weaving with Marianne Majerus
Impress

The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past
András Németh
CUP

The Best of the Grammarians
Francesca Schironi
University of Michigan Press

Hesiod – Works and Days
A E Stallings (trans.)
Penguin Classics

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


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Francesca Schironi interview
1. Francesca, thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your book, The Best of the Grammarians, shortlisted for this year's Runciman ...
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Andras Nemeth interview
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