For the politicians, see Roger Mynors (MP).
Sir Roger Aubrey Baskerville Mynors (1903–1989) was a British classical scholar.
Mynors was educated at Summer Fields School, Oxford, and then at Eton. He was an undergraduate at Balliol College, Oxford (1922-6), winning the university’s Hertford and Craven scholarships. At both Eton and Balliol he was a friend of Cyril Connolly. He was a fellow and classical tutor at Balliol from 1927 until 1944 (with an interval of war work at the Treasury), when he moved to Cambridge as Kennedy Professor of Latin. In 1953 he returned to Oxford as Corpus Christi Professor of Latin. He retired in 1970.
He was well known for authoritative editions of Latin texts, but he was also active in other fields. He played a major part in the early years of the series Nelson’s (later Oxford) Medieval Texts, himself contributing an edition of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History. He was an expert on Latin manuscripts and produced important catalogues. He was also a skilled translator who was a member of the Literary Committee for the New English Bible.
He was knighted in 1963. Elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1944, he was an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the Istituto di Studi Romani. He received honorary degrees from four British universities and from the University of Toronto. He served as president of the Classical Association in 1966.
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Mynors married Lavinia Alington, daughter of Cyril Alington, headmaster of Eton and Dean of Durham, and sister of Giles Alington, a Fellow of University College, Oxford.
Roger Mynors was killed in a car crash at the age of 86. He had been working on his catalogue of the manuscripts in Hereford Cathedral Library, and was driving back to Treago, his country home at St Weonards near the Welsh border. As he left the cathedral he was heard to say that he had had a good day.
Mynors’ twin brother Humphrey was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 1954 to 1964 and became a baronet. The brothers lived together at Treago Castle in their latter years.
R.A.B. Mynors, Cassiodori senatoris Institutiones, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1937.
R.A.B. Mynors, Durham Cathedral manuscripts to the end of the twelfth century, Oxford University Press for Durham Cathedral, 1939
R.A.B. Mynors, C. Valerii Catull