About the LGPN Project

The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names was established in 1972 as a Major Research Project of the British Academy, at the suggestion of Peter Marshall Fraser, Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Academy. On acceptance of the proposal, Fraser was appointed Director of the project and Chairman of an advisory committee. From the start, LGPN involved international collaboration, scholars from many countries being invited to contribute material and advice; but the Editors and central staff have always worked in Oxford. In October 1996, the project became part of Oxford University, under the aegis of the Faculty of Literae Humaniores, now the Faculty of Classics. It is a member of the group of Oxford Classics Research Projects.

The founding editor, Peter Fraser, died on September 15, 2007. For a portrait and further information click here. The Lexicon also owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Elaine Matthews, co-editor of LGPN for more than 25 years, who died on Sunday June 26th 2011; her particular contribution was the creation of the associated digital research resources and web-based services. A tribute published in the Newletter of the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (CSAD) can be found here, and an obituary written by her close friends and colleagues Alan and Jackie Bowman, and published in the Guardian newspaper, can be found here.

The project receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Archaeological Society at Athens, and the J. F. Costopoulos Foundation.

More about the project: The British Academy Review

Purpose and Scope


to collect and publish with documentation all known ancient Greek personal names (including non-Greek names recorded in Greek, and Greek names in Latin), drawn from all available sources (literature, inscriptions, graffiti, papyri, coins, vases and other artefacts), within the period from the earliest Greek written records down to, approximately, the sixth century A.D.

The work thus starts with the period of epichoric scripts, embraces the classical and hellenistic periods of Greek history, following dialect and the development of koine, and continues through the period of the Roman Empire when Greek nomenclature underwent changes as a result of Roman rule, and religious, social and other factors.

Excluded names include mythological and heroic names, Mycenaean names, later Byzantine names and geographical names.

LPGN is supported by:

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Arts and Humanities Research Council
The British Academy
University of Oxford

Email lgpn@classics.ox.ac.uk


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