Elias Avery Lowe

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Elias Avery Lowe (15 October 1879 – 8 August 1969), born to a Russian Jewish family as Elias Avery Loew, was an American palaeographer. His wife was the noted translator H. T. Lowe-Porter; and their great-grandson is journalist and politician Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.[1]

Lowe graduated from Cornell University in 1902 and received his doctorate in 1908 in Munich under the supervision of Ludwig Traube.

His main works are the Codices Latini Antiquiores.

Works (selection)[edit]

  • Die ältesten Kalendarien in Monte Cassino, München, Diss. phil. 1908.
  • The Beneventan Script. A History of the South Italian minuscule, Oxford 1914. 2nd ed. Rome 1980.
  • Handwriting. Our Medieval Legacy, Rome, 1969.
  • Palaeographical papers. 1907-1965, ed. Ludwig Bieler, Oxford 1972.


  • Bernhard Bischoff, "Elias Avery Lowe, 15.10.1879 - 8.8.1969," Jahrbuch der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften 1970, pp. 203 ff.
  • James J. John, "A Palaeographer among Benedictines: A Tribute to E.A. Lowe," American Benedictine Review 21 (1970), 1-17.
  • Patricia Tracy Lowe, A marriage of true minds. A memoir of my parents, Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter and Elias Avery Lowe, New Paltz, NY 2006, ISBN 0-9642350-4-8.


  1. ^ Interview: Boris Johnson - my Jewish credentials, The Jewish Chronicle, By Daniella Peled, April 2008

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