An excerpt from The Gardens of Corfu, by Rachel Weaving, with photos by Marianne Majerus

Corfu Gardens: Ancient Myth and Modern Magic Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu exerts a powerful magic. For those who seek them out, its natural landscapes and private gardens evoke a sense of wonder: expansive and intimate, restorative and energising, they offer joy and solace in a stressful world. It was in pre-Classical times that … Read moreAn excerpt from The Gardens of Corfu, by Rachel Weaving, with photos by Marianne Majerus

An excerpt from Hesiod’s Works and Days, translated by A. E. Stallings

The time is ripe for sailing the fifty days Past solstice, summer in its closing phase, Season of toil. You will not shipwreck then, Nor will the sea extinguish all your men, Unless Earth-shaker, Poseidon, is annoyed, Or Zeus, King of the Gods, wants you destroyed: In their hands lies fulfillment, good and ill. While … Read moreAn excerpt from Hesiod’s Works and Days, translated by A. E. Stallings

Alicia Stallings interview

An interview with Alicia Stallings, translator of Hesiod’s Works and Days

Alicia, thank you for taking the time to speak to us about your translation of Hesiod’s Works and Days, which has been shortlisted for this year’s Runciman Award. You seem particularly inspired to follow in the footsteps of the ancient Greek poets. Can you explain why you are drawn to them? I’ve lived in Greece … Read moreAn interview with Alicia Stallings, translator of Hesiod’s Works and Days

A. E. Stallings

An excerpt from Hesiod’s Works and Days, translated by A. E. Stallings

So Perses, you be heedful of what’s right; Don’t nurture Arrogance—she’s a disaster For lowly mortals; she will overmaster Even noble men and crush them with her load Once they encounter troubles. The better road Is the one bypassing Arrogance to wend To Justice; Justice triumphs in the end. The fool learns this the hard … Read moreAn excerpt from Hesiod’s Works and Days, translated by A. E. Stallings

Winners of the 2019 Runciman Award

 THE RUNCIMAN AWARD 2019 Two joint winners, four others short-listed and highly commended The Runciman judges met on 1 May to assess the field of 51 books submitted for the Runciman Award this year. They arrived at a short list of six books from which they chose two joint winners. The £9,000 award, sponsored by … Read moreWinners of the 2019 Runciman Award