Joyce Reynolds

Honorary Fellow

Joyce Reynolds FBA is a classicist specialising in Roman epigraphy.

She studied Greats at Somerville, matriculating in 1937, and, upon graduating, joined the Board of Trade as a temporary wartime civil servant. From 1951 to 1979 she was Director of Studies in Classics at Newnham College and from 1957 to 1983 she was a Lecturer in Classics for Cambridge University.

In 1982 she was elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy. In 2004 she was awarded the Gold Medal of the Society of Antiquaries, and in 2017 she became the first woman to be awarded the Kenyon Medal by the British Academy. In 2018, she became the oldest person to receive an honorary degree from the University of Cambridge at the age of 99.

The Joyce Reynolds Award provides a £10,000 scholarship to two undergraduate classics students at Cambridge from under-represented backgrounds, was established in her honour by her former pupil Mary Beard.

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