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The Greek Lexicon Project was first established with the help of a donation by John Chadwick, from his 1997 award of the Antonio Feltrinelli prize. (This is Italy's highest scientific and cultural award, given annually to a foreigner for achievements in the sciences or humanities. Sometimes known as 'the Italian Nobels', it is administered by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome.)

Since then, we have depended on external research funding and the very generous support of individual benefactors and academic and charitable organisations. We are now entering a crucial phase with work on the preparation of the digital files of the Lexicon due to be completed in the summer of 2016. The Faculty of Classics has guaranteed the continuation of the project through to that date, and the Management Committee is currently seeking funding of the order of £150,000 to cover the costs of the project from January 2012 through to a successful conclusion in 2016.

Any enquiries concerning the progress and organisation of the project should be addressed to Professor Richard Hunter (

To make a donation
You may make a donation to the Greek Lexicon Project online or by cheque.

  • Online via the Faculty’s donation page. Follow the link there to the University’s Online Giving site and specify Cambridge New Greek Lexicon. It is important that you also inform the Classics Faculty’s Accounts Clerk that you have made a donation, so that your gift can be easily traced.
  • By cheque payable to Cambridge University sent to The Accounts Clerk, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, with a note that it is for the New Greek Lexicon.

To request a Gift Aid form, or for any other help with making a donation, please contact the Accounts Clerk (details above).

The Lexicon's Benefactors


HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Chancellor of the University, greeting Professor Geoffrey Horrocks and some Lexicon benefactors during a royal visit to the Classics Faculty in 2005. (Photo Michael Derringer)

Individual Benefactors

  • Mr Maurice Balme 
  • Mr Lawrence Banks (in memory of Margaret Alford, Girton College 1887–1890)
  • Mr Robert Bass
  • Mr R. Bostock
  • Mr Brian Buckley
  • Dr John Chadwick
  • Mr Gifford Combs
  • Professor Elaine Fantham
  • Mr Graham Guest 
  • Mr Philip Hooker
  • Dr John Kemp
  • Mr and Mrs Graham Kentfield
  • Sir Jeremy Morse
  • Mrs Tessa Smith
  • Mr Bill Walker
  • and two anonymous donors

Institutional Benefactors

In October 2006, we also received a major award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This was used to fund the salaries of two of our writers for three years, and so has provided a great boost in helping us towards our target date of 2016.

The Lexicon Project was delighted to receive a grant of $296,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation towards the completion of its work.

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