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 2020, 2021, or 2022. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please note that nominated authors must be members of the Association in good standing 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 Subcommittee Chair by email (

The Subcommittee will close its list for the 2023 award on September 1, 2022.

Books published after that date may be considered for the 2023 award.

The current Subcommittee'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 Subcommittee 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.

2022 Recipients

Dan-el Padilla Peralta,
Princeton University,

is a recipient of the 2022 CAMWS First Book Prize for his book Divine Institutions: Religions and Community in the Middle
Roman Republic
(Princeton, 2020) 

Mattias P. Gassman,
Oxford University,

is a recipient of the 2022 CAMWS First Book Prize for his book Worshippers of the Gods: Debating Paganism in the Fourth-Century Roman West (Oxford, 2020).

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Subcommittee on the CAMWS First Book Award 

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