02 Sep 2019

The British Academy awards Prof Peter Parsons with the Kenyon Medal

This year, the Kenyon Medal has been awarded to Professor Peter Parsons FBA (Regius Professor of Greek Emeritus, University of Oxford).


This year Professor Peter Parsons FBA, Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford from 1989 to 2003, and a long-standing supporter of the Egypt Exploration Society, has been awarded the British Academy’s prestigious Kenyon Medal for his lifetime's contribution to the study of Papyrology.

In his many years of teaching and research Peter has stimulated and guided the interests of countless students in the Greek papyri from Egypt, and mentored and advised numerous researchers young and old. He has been a stalwart of the editorial team of Egypt Exploration Society’s Oxyrhynchus papyri collection since 1960, and has edited many of the annual volumes and contributed to almost all the others. He is also author of a delightful introduction to Roman Oxyrhynchus as seen through its papyri, City of the Sharp-Nosed Fish (2007).

The Kenyon medal was endowed by Sir Frederic Kenyon, elected a fellow in 1903 and serving in turn as the Academy's sixth President and second Secretary. It is awarded biennially in recognition of work in the field of classical studies and archaeology.

The Society is delighted to hear of this honour and extends warmest congratulations to Professor Parsons.

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