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 2015, 2016, or 2017. 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). Please send nominations, including titles and publishing information, to the committee chair by email (

The Committee will close its list for the 2018 award on September 1, 2017.

Books published after that date may be considered for the 2019 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.

2017 Recipients

The citation read for these books at the 2017 Business meeting can be read here.

      Tom Hawkins of The Ohio State University received the 2017 First Book Prize for his book entitled, Iambic Poetics in the Roman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
     Meghan DiLuzio of Baylor University received the 2017 First Book Prize for her book, A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome   (Princeton University Press, 2016). She is pictured here with CAMWS President Alden Smith (r.) and Chair of the First Book Subcommittee Andrew Faulkner (l). 

Subcommittee on the CAMWS Award for CAMWS First Book 

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