Elias Avery Lowe

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Elias Avery Lowe (October 15, 1879 – August 8, 1969) was an American palaeographer. He was born to a Russian Jewish family and named Elias Avery Loew. His wife, whom he married in 1911, was translator H. T. Lowe-Porter. Among the Lowes' descendants are English artist Charlotte Johnson Wahl and her son journalist and politician Boris Johnson, who was Mayor of London.[1]


Lowe graduated from Cornell University in 1902 and received his doctorate in 1908 at the University of Munich under the supervision of Ludwig Traube. His main works are the Codices Latini Antiquiores.[citation needed]

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. archive.org 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. ^ Daniella Peled "Interview: Boris Johnson - my Jewish credentials", The Jewish Chronicle, April 2008.

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