Kenyon Medal

The Kenyon Medal is awarded annually in recognition of work in the fields of classical studies and archaeology.

The award was endowed by Sir Frederic Kenyon (1863–1952), elected a Fellow in 1903 and serving in turn as the Academy’s sixth President and second Secretary. The Medal was awarded for the first time in 1957.


Eligible nominations can be for any scholar whose work relates to classical studies and archaeology.

2019 winner

Kenyon Medal 2019 winner

Professor Peter Parsons FBA for lifetime contribution to the study of Papryology.

Peter Parsons fell in love with Greek as a teenager, and continued the affair as a student at Oxford (1954-8).

He studied papyrology at Oxford with the Revd. Prof. John Barns, and in Ann Arbor with Prof. H.C. Youtie; then taught at Oxford, as Lecturer in Papyrology and later Regius Professor of Greek, until his retirement in 2003.

Since 1960 he has been part of the team which is sorting, deciphering and publishing the vast trove of papyri, literary and documentary, from Oxyrhynchus in Egypt, one of the British Academy Research Projects.

"All of life is in those papyri, and they're well worth a life's work."

- Professor Peter Parsons FBA, August 2019

Previous winners

2017 Dr Joyce Reynolds FBA

2015  Nigel Wilson FBA

2013  Professor Alan Cameron FBA

2011  Emeritus Professor David Peacock

2009  Dr James Adams FBA

2007  Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd FBA

2005  Professor Fergus Millar FBA

2003  Professor John Nicolas Coldstream FBA

2002  Dr Martin Litchfield West FBA

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