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Announcement of the 2018 Runciman Award

  The RUNCIMAN AWARD 2018 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 Gerald Cadogan 31 October … Read more

An excerpt from Veronica della Dora’s entry, Landscape, Nature and the Sacred in Byzantium

The reassuring enclosure of a garden and the overwhelming vastness of a desert swept by the wind; the majestic charisma of a mountain looming on the horizon and the impenetrable darkness of a cave; the flamboyant glistening of a torrent and the touch of the waves caressing the seashore as the sun is about to … Read more

Ivan Drpić

An excerpt from Ivan Drpić’s entry, Epigram, Art, and Devotion in Later Byzantium

A reader familiar with the traditional periodization of Byzantine history may find it surprising that in this study the momentous events of 1204 – the capture of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade and the subsequent disintegration of the Byzantine Empire – hardly figure as a meaningful chronological break.

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An excerpt from Ivana and Andrej Petrovic’s entry, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion

Throughout this book we have explored the inner stance of Greek worshippers, such as they appear in individual and varied guises of the pre-Platonic sources, rather than that of ‘the Greek worshipper’ as a generalized amalgam. The outcomes, we believe, are several.

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An excerpt from Paul Cartledge’s entry, Democracy: A Life

Every schoolchild knows that it was the ancient Greeks who invented democracy. But first it must always be remembered that there were some one thousand ancient Greek political entities, often very different, always radically self-differentiated, in the extended and diverse ancient Greek world of Hellas between say 500 and 300 BCE, when demokratia emerged, rose, peaked, and declined or was destroyed.

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