Averil Cameron
Classicist Dame Averil Cameron is one of the subjects of the new portrait gallery

Decking the halls with Oxford classicists

Matt Pickles

A gallery of potraits of great Oxford classicists has been installed at the University's Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies.

The portraits, which include Dame Averil Cameron, Gilbert Murray, Anna Morpugo Davies and Sir Fergus Millar, can now be viewed by members of the public in the building on St Giles' in Oxford.

There are images of 32 classicists in total - 28 are photographs and four are oil paintings.

‘These portraits, along with the current exhibition of the Garima Gospels, are part of our aim to brighten up the Classics Faculty’s building and invite people in to look around,’ says Mai Musié of the Classics Faculty.

‘The gallery not only provides a history of Classics at Oxford, but it also celebrates the contributions of many female classical scholars whose work has often not been fully recognised outside their areas of specialism,’ says Professor Fiona Macintosh, Curator of the Ioannou Centre.