Thursday, July 5, 2012
Dr. Peter Thonemann received the 2012 Runciman Award for his book, The Maeander Valley: A Historical Geography From Antiquity to Byzantium, a study of the long-term historical geography of Asia Minor.
Dr John S. Taylor, Chairman of the judging panel and Head of Classics at Tonbridge School, stated that Thonemann, who is a lecturer in Ancient History at Oxford University, wrote "a book to savour, a book to return to, and a worthy winner". The award was presented at a special ceremony held at London’s Hellenic Centre on June 13.
The Runciman Award, first conceived in 1983 during Lord Jellicoe’s chairmanship of the Anglo-Hellenic League, was presented for the first time in 1986 and named in honour of Sir Steven Runciman, the eminent Byzantine scholar and the League’s longest serving Chairman.
It is bestowed each year for a work published in English in its first edition in the previous year, which focuses exclusively or partly on Greece or the world of Hellenism.