CAMWS First Book Award

The Subcommittee on the CAMWS First Book Award asks for your help in identifying distinguished first scholarly books (or digital equivalents) in the field of classical studies (including, but not limited to, the languages, literatures, history, religions, philosophy, art, architecture, archaeology, economy, and reception of Greek and Roman antiquity) published by CAMWS members in 2018, 2019, or 2020. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please note that nominated authors must be members of the Association in good standing and for at least the previous year and that CAMWS has a separate award for pedagogical books (see Bolchazy Book Award). In the case of co-authored books, all authors must meet "first book" and membership eligibility requirements. 

Please send nominations, including titles and publishing information, to the committee chair by email (

The Committee will close its list for the 2021 award on September 1, 2020.

Books published after that date may be considered for the 2022 award.

The current committee's guidelines for awards include

  • excellent quality
  • wide significance within its genre
  • awareness of international trends in its field

All other factors being equal, the committee is looking for something that shifts the conversation substantially in the area covered by the book.

Recipients are encouraged to accept this award in person at the annual CAMWS business meeting.

2020 Recipients

 Nandini Pandey of University of Wisconsin-Madison was a recipient of a 2020 First Book Prize for The Poetics of Power in Augustan Rome: Latin Poetic Responses to Early Imperial Iconography (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
Read the citation here.

Stephanie Roussou of University of Cyprus received a 2020 First Book Prize for The Pseudo-Arcadius' Epitome of Herodian's De Prosodia Catholica, Edited with an Introduction and Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2018). Read the citation here.


Subcommittee on the CAMWS Award for CAMWS First Book 

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