The Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2022


Press Notice

The judging panel for the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award, given annually for a book about Greece, has agreed a long list of 23 books for the competition in 2022.


Out of 62 books submitted for the Award, the judges selected 23 to form their long list. The list, which covers books published globally in English in 2021, includes books on history, archaeology, reception of antiquity, biography, literature, philosophy and myth, plus novels, travel-writing and literary translations. The books selected span the Greek experience from antiquity to the contemporary world.

Peter Frankopan, chair of judges, said: 

It is great to see such a strong and exciting set of submissions for this year’s award. There are some heavyweight names on this longlist whose works have captured the imagination, and also a few dark horses in contention. As a panel, we were also extremely pleased by the range of entries – hard to predict what genre, let alone which topic, period or author will be crowned in the summer. But what an exciting few months we have ahead of us, to read some spectacular books. I’m greatly looking forward to it.

The full long list of 23 titles is tabulated below.

The Award Ceremony for the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award 2022 is scheduled to be held in London on Monday 13 June 2022, at 7pm. Details of the award ceremony and of the short list will be announced in due course. 

The Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award is sponsored by the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation and the A.G. Leventis Foundation. The value of the prize to the winner is £10,000.

Council of the League

5 January 2022


Since 1986, the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award has been run annually by The Anglo-Hellenic League to reward the best book published in the previous year in English about Greece or on a Greek subject. The Award is open to scholarly and creative books and to translations into English of Greek literary works. 

The judges for the Award in 2022 are:

Prof. Peter Frankopan (chair)

Dr Dionysis Kapsalis

Prof. Naoíse Mac Sweeney 

Prof. Judith Mossman

Dr Sofka Zinovieff 


Athens: City of WisdomBruce ClarkHead of ZeusAntiquity - Byzantium - ModernHistory
The Greeks: A Global HistoryRoderick BeatonFaberAntiquity - Byzantium - ModernHistory
In Search of the Argonauts: The Remarkable History of Jason and the Golden FleeceHelen LovattBloomsbury (Academic)AntiquityLiterature / Mythology
The Philosophical Stage: Drama and Dialectic in Classical AthensJoshua BillingsPrinceton UPAntiquityLiterature / Drama / Philosophy
Olympia: A Cultural HistoryJudith M. BarringerPrinceton UPAntiquityArchaeology / History
The Sacred BandJames RommScribnerAntiquityHistory
The Virgin Mary in Byzantium, c.400-1000: Hymns, Homilies and HagiographyMary CunninghamCUPByzantiumLiterature / Religion
Tony Harrison: Poet of Radical ClassicismEdith HallBloomsbury (Academic)Modern / AntiquityLiterature / Reception
Imagining Ithaca: Nostos and Nostalgia since the Great WarKathleen RileyOUPModern / AntiquityLiterature / Reception
Plato and the Mythic Tradition in Political ThoughtTae-Yeoun KeumHarvard UPModern / AntiquityPhilosophy / Reception
Ripped at the Root: An Adoption StoryMary CardarasSpuyten DuyvilModernBiography
Venizelos: The Making of a Greek Statesman, 1864-1914Michael Llewellyn-SmithC Hurst & Co.ModernBiography
Greece from Junta to Crisis: Modernization, Transition and DiversityDimitris TziovasBloomsbury (I.B. Tauris)ModernCultural history
John Craxton: A Life of GiftsIan CollinsYale UPModernBiography
The Greek Revolution: 1821 and the Making of Modern EuropeMark MazowerPenguin (Allen Lane)ModernHistory
A Thing of Beauty: Travels in Mythical and Modern GreecePeter FiennesOneworldModern / AntiquityTravel writing
Greek MythsCharlotte HigginsPenguin (Jonathan Cape)AntiquityFiction
The Women of TroyPat BarkerPenguin (Hamish Hamilton)AntiquityFiction
A Recipe for DaphneNektaria AnastasiadouAmerican University of Cairo PressModernFiction
Daughters of the LabyrinthRuth PadelLittle BrownModernFiction
Sea, Salt and HoneyChloe, Olivia and Nicholas TsakirisHarper CollinsModernFood writing
H of H Playbook (by Euripides)Tr. Anne CarsonPenguin (Jonathan Cape)AntiquityTranslation
The Byzantine Sinbad (by Michael Andreopoulos)Translators: Jeffrey Beneker & Craig GibsonHarvard UPByzantiumTranslation