The prize, which is worth £5000, is awarded for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics'. The council agreed that 'The Roman Mysteries', with their exemplary combination of entertainment and education, thoroughly fulfilled this criterion. The award was presented on Sunday 5 April, at a ceremony held in Glasgow.
This will be the fifth year the prize has run, having previously been awarded to: Barbara Bell for the 'Minimus' primary-school Latin project, Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden for the 'War With Troy' project, Tom Holland for his book 'Persian Fire', and Peter Parsons for 'City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish'.
See Caroline’s blog on the ceremony here - http://flavias.blogspot.com/ and Mary Beard’s blog on the prize here - http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/2009/04/the-ancient-greeks-and-global-warming.html