Sir John Linton Myres

(1869—1954) archaeologist and historian

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(1869–1954) [Bi]

British classicist and ancient historian well known for his study of ancient Greece. Born in Preston, educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford, he graduated with a first-class degree from the Classical School. Between 1892 and 1895 he travelled extensively in Greece before returning to Oxford with a studentship at Christ Church. In 1907 he moved to Liverpool University as Gladstone Professor of Greek, while at the same time lecturing in ancient geography. In 1910 he went back to Oxford as Wykeham Professor of Ancient History and took up the Fellowship at New College attached to it. Here he remained until 1939, although during WW1 he attained the rank of lieutenant-commander and later commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. He was awarded the Greek Order of King George I of the first class. Myres excavated in Cyprus and compiled a catalogue of the Cyprus Museum. Amongst his numerous publications were Who were the Greeks? (1930, Berkeley: University of California Press) and Herodotus: father of history (1953, Oxford: Clarendon Press). He was knighted in 1943.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Archaeology.

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