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

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.

Education and career

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 life

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 publications


  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.