Speech by the Chairman of the Judges, on the occasion of the 2019 Runciman Award Ceremony

The RUNCIMAN AWARD 2019 Administered by the Anglo-Hellenic League The Anglo-Hellenic League, 16-18 Paddington Street., London W1U 5AS (Registered Charity No 278892) PRESIDENT AND CHIEF PATRON HRH Prince Michael of Kent KCVO JOINT PATRONS HE The Greek Ambassador to the Court of St James’s; HBM Ambassador to Greece CHAIRMAN Mr John Kittmer RUNCIMAN AWARD SPEECH … Read moreSpeech by the Chairman of the Judges, on the occasion of the 2019 Runciman Award Ceremony

Francesca Schironi interview

An interview with Francesca Schironi, author of The Best of the Grammarians

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 Award. This is a book by a scholar about a scholar. Can you say a bit to explain to the non-scholar readers of our website what it is all about? … Read moreAn interview with Francesca Schironi, author of The Best of the Grammarians

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An excerpt from The Best of the Grammarians, by Francesca Schironi

Aristarchus’ Legacy By preparing his working text where he deleted lines which were probably spurious (for example, lines which were not well attested in the manuscript tradition), Aristarchus to a large extent determined the text of Homer that we still read today, as the disappearance of the ‘wild papyri’ seems to prove94 .Yet the importance … Read moreAn excerpt from The Best of the Grammarians, by Francesca Schironi

Andras Nemeth interview

An interview with András Németh, author of The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past

Andras, thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your book. Can you tell us a little about your work with Greek manuscripts, and what led you to take an interest in the Excerpta Constantiniana? Your line of academic work is very specialised, as is the Byzantine book that you are writing about. Could you set the scene for the general reader, and tell us what your book is about?

When I was a student of Latin, Greek and history in Budapest, I was always fascinated by manuscripts. I very soon discovered that I can spot details in manuscripts, handwritten books, which others had failed to notice.

Read moreAn interview with András Németh, author of The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past

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An excerpt from The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past, by András Németh

The proem to the Excerpta survives via two independent channels. The text of both is identical and contains the name of the first collection (Inauguration of the Emperors). All those, both among the emperors of old and the persons of no public station, who did not allow their mind to be turned aside or weakened … Read moreAn excerpt from The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past, by András Németh