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Sir John Linton Myres (3 July 1869 in Preston – 6 March 1954 in Oxford) was a British archaeologist who conducted excavations in Cyprus in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[1] He became the first Wykeham Professor of Ancient History, at the University of Oxford, in 1910, having been Gladstone Professor of Greek and Lecturer in Ancient Geography, University of Liverpool from 1907.[2] He contributed to the British Naval Intelligence Division Geographical Handbook Series that was published during the Second World War, and to the noted 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica (1910–1911). He highly influenced the British-Australian archaeologist Vere Gordon Childe.



  • Excavations in Cyprus in 1894 (1897)[1]
  • A catalogue of the Cyprus museum, with a chronicle of excavations undertaken since the British occupation, and introductory notes on Cypriote archaeology (1899)[2]
  • Sarcophagus from Amathus, Sarcophagus from Golgi (1909-1911)[3]
  • The value of ancient history (1910)[4]
  • The Dawn of History (1911)[5]
  • Handbook of the Cesnola collection of antiquities from Cyprus (1914)[6]
  • The influence of anthropology on the course of political science (1916)[7]
  • The Political Ideas of the Greeks (1927)[8]
  • Who were the Greeks? (1930), Sather Lectures ISSN 0080-6684
  • The Cretan Labyrinth: A Retrospect of Aegean Research (1933)[9]
  • The Amathus Bowl: A Long-Lost Masterpiece of Oriental Engraving (1933)[10]
  • Excavations in Cyprus, 1913 (1940-1945)[11]
  • Herodotus (1953)[12]

Further readingEdit

  • D.H.G. "J.L. Myres: [Obituary]", The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 74. (1954), pp. 181–182.
  • John Boardman, ‘Myres, Sir John Linton (1869–1954)’, rev. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Sept 2010 accessed 11 March 2017


  1. ^ "MYRES, John Linton". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 1285.
  2. ^ "MYRES, John Linton". The International Who's Who in the World. 1912. p. 801.

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