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philologist , university professor , classical philologist

Hugh Lloyd-Jones, British writer. Fellow Jesus College, Cambridge (England) University, 1948-1954; fellow and Evangelical Presbyterian Warren praelector in classics Corpus Christi College, Oxford, 1954-1960; Regius professor Greek, Oxford University, 1960-1989; visiting professor Yale University, 1964, 67, University Chicago, 1972, Harvard University, 1976; Sather professor University California, Berkeley, 1969.


Lloyd-Jones, Hugh was born on September 21, 1922 in St. Peter Port, Guernsey. Son of William and Norah Leila (Jefferd) Lloyd-J.


Master of Arts, Oxford University, England, 1947. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Chicago, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Tel Aviv, 1984.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Thessalonica University, 1999. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Göttingen, 2002.


He pursued undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Christ Church, Oxford. His studies were interrupted by the Second World War, during which he learned Japanese and served in the Intelligence Corps in India, turning down the opportunity to work at Bletchley Park in order to serve in Burma. He ended the War as a Captain.

Lloyd-Jones took a first degree in Greats in 1948 and gained several University prizes. In 1951 Lloyd-Jones returned to Oxford where he became the first holder of the E. P. Warren Praelectorship at Corpus. Lloyd-Jones supervised many distinguished D. Phil. students, including Martin Litchfield West.

In his inaugural address as Regius Professor in 1961 he called for a reduction in the emphasis laid on composition taught to undergraduates and suggested that Honour Moderations might have to be reformed to encompass studies taken from ancient philosophy and history as well as the traditional literature and language. He contributed editions of Menander's Dyscolus (1960) and of Sophocles (1990, together with Nigel Wilson) to the Oxford Classical Texts, and editions and translations of the Aeschylean fragments (1960) and of Sophocles (2000) to the Loeb Classical Library. His retirement from the Regius Chair in 1989, after twenty-nine years, was marked by a knighthood.



______ Greek Comedy, Hellenistic Literature, Greek Religion, and Miscellanea: The Academic Papers of Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press, 1990).


[North Rhine-Westphalia Academy for Sciences and Arts]Lloyd-Jones was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1966 and was a member of five foreign academies, holding honorary doctorates from the universities of Chicago, Tel Aviv, Göttingen and Thessaloniki.


Married Frances E. Hedley, 1953 (divorced 1981). Children: Edmund Stephen, Ralph Alexander, Antonia. Married Mary R. Lefkowitz, 1982.

William Lloyd-J.

Norah Leila (Jefferd) Lloyd-J.

Frances E. Hedley

Mary R. Lefkowitz

Edmund Stephen Lloyd-Jones

Ralph Alexander Lloyd-Jones

Antonia Lloyd-Jones