Arthur Ernest Cowley: The Papyri of Elephantine

Scope and Content

The papyri of Elephantine', the Sandars lectures for 1912, typescript by William Hunt of the Oxford Copying Office, 18 Broad Street, Oxford, 76 folios.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Arthur Ernest Cowley (1861-1931), orientalist, was born at Forest Hill, Sydenham, on 13 December 1861, and educated at St Paul's School and Trinity College, Oxford (B.A, 1883; M.A., 1887). He became assistant in the Bodleian Library in 1896, and was appointed sub-librarian in 1899, with responsibility for the oriental department. He was elected a fellow of Magdalen College in 1902, and became Bodley's librarian in 1919. Cowley published work on Hebrew, Aramaic and Hittite, and was Sandars reader in bibliography at Cambridge, 1912-1913. He died at Oxford on 12 October 1931.

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Acquisition Information

Deposited 1912.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Cowley in L.G. Wickham-Legg, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1931-1940 (Oxford University Press, 1949), pp. 194-195.

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