Francis Llewellyn Griffith

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Francis Llewellyn Griffith (1862–1934) was an eminent British Egyptologist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

F. Ll. Griffith was born in Brighton on 27 May 1862 where his father, Rev. Dr. John Griffith, was Principal of Brighton College. After schooling at Brighton College (1871), then privately by his father, he went to Sedbergh School, Yorkshire (1875-8). Griffith was awarded a scholarship to Queen's College and went up to the University of Oxford in 1879, his enthusiasm for Egyptology already apparent: in the absence of an Egyptological department he taught himself ancient Egyptian.[1] After the establishment of a post in Egyptology, Griffith was appointed Reader in 1901. He was Professor of Egyptology at the university from 1924 until 1932 and died in 1934.

By the terms of his will the Griffith Institute at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford was established in 1939.[2]


  • 1889: The inscriptions of Siut and Dêr Rîfeh. London: Trübner. (online version at the Internet Archive)
  • 1898: Hieratic papyri from Kahun and Gurob (principally of the middle kingdom). London: Quaritch. (online version at the Internet Archive)
  • 1900: Stories of the High Priests of Memphis: the Dethon of Herodotus and the Demotic tales of Khamuas. Oxford: Clarendon Press. (online version at the Internet Archive)
  • 1904-1921: The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden. 3 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press. (online version: vol. 1, vol. 3 at the Internet Archive)
  • 1911: Karanòg: the Meroitic inscriptions of Shablul and Karanòg. Philadelphia: University Museum. (online version at the Internet Archive)

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press 204, p.959
  2. ^ The Ashmolean 16, 1989, 5-7.

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