Elaine Matthews

Elaine Matthews BA BPhil (19 August 1942 - 26 June 2011)[1] was a British classical scholar at the University of Oxford and one of the principal contributors to the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names.

Elaine Matthews
Born(1942-08-19)19 August 1942
Died26 June 2011(2011-06-26) (aged 68)
Academic background
EducationSt Hilda's College, Oxford
Academic work
Sub-disciplineGreek onomastics
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford

Education and careerEdit

Matthews was an alumna of St Hilda's College, Oxford, where she took a BA in Literae Humaniores (1960–64) and was a pupil of Barbara Levick. She went on to take the MPhil (then BPhil) in Ancient History, working on Lucian.[2] After a break to raise her two daughters, Matthews embarked on a research career in Greek onomastics at the University of Oxford. In 2010, after she had retired, she was the dedicatee of a Festschrift on Ancient Greek personal names in honour of her distinguished career, containing a collection of scholarly essays on Greek onomastics but with an appreciation of Matthews as a scholar by Alan Bowman as its first chapter.[3]

She was a supernumerary fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford from 1996 and was honorary secretary for the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, of which she was also a trustee,[4] for twenty-one years.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Matthews was born in Netherton, Yorkshire, but grew up in Birmingham. Her father was a police officer. She died of cancer, aged 68, in 2011.[6]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • A Lexicon of Greek Personal Names I-IV (with Simon Hornblower). Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987-2005.
  • Greek Personal Names: Their Value as Evidence (with Simon Hornblower). Proceedings of the British Academy 104. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Old and New Worlds in Greek Onomastics. Edited by Elaine Matthews. Proceedings of the British Academy 148. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Bowman, Alan (2011). "Elaine Matthews". Britannia. 42: xii–xiv.
  2. ^ Bowman, Alan (2010). "Elaine Matthews: An Appreciation". Onomatologos: 1–4.
  3. ^ Catling, Marchand & Sasanow (2010). Onomatologos. Studies in Greek Personal Names presented to Elaine Matthews. Oxford: Oxbow Books. ISBN 9781842179826.
  4. ^ "Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies". Open Charities register.
  5. ^ "2011 Annual Report" (PDF). Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies.
  6. ^ Bowman, Alan and Jackie. "Elaine Matthews obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 May 2017.