She was born in Volos, Greece, in 1945, but grew up in Corfu. Sourvinou-Inwood studied at the University of Athens, and began research in the field of Mycenology in Rome and later in Athens. She graduated from Oxford in 1973 with a doctorate on Minoan civilization and Mycenaean beliefs in the afterlife. She was a lecturer at Liverpool (1976-78), and a senior research Fellow at University College, Oxford (1990-95). Also she worked as Reader in Classical Literature at the University of Reading (1995-98).
- Obituary - The Telegraph
- Obituary - The Guardian: Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood Influential decoder of the culture of ancient Greece
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