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John Linton Myres

For John Nowell Linton Myres, also a British archaeologist, see Nowell Myres.

Sir John Linton Myres (3 July 1869 in Preston – 6 March 1954 in Oxford) was a British archaeologist. He conducted excavations in Cyprus in 1904.[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.


  • The Dawn of History (1911)
  • Handbook of the Cesnola collection of antiquities from Cyprus (1914)
  • The Political Ideas of the Greeks (1927)
  • Who were the Greeks? (1930), Sather Lectures
  • Herodotus (1953)

Further reading

  • D.H.G. "J.L. Myres: [Obituary]", The Journal of Hellenic Studies, Vol. 74. (1954), pp. 181–182.


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