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M. I. Finley
An Ancient Historian and his Impact

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Daniel Jew, Robin Osborne, Michael Scott, Daniel P. Tompkins, Paul Millett, Kostas Vlassopoulos, Jonathan R. W. Prag, Dorothy J. Thompson, Mary Beard, Geoffrey Lloyd, Peter Garnsey, Paul Cartledge, Alessandro Launaro, Jennifer Gates-Foster, Wilfried Nippel, Walter Scheidel
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  • Date Published: January 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316603536

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  • M. I. Finley (1912–86) was the most famous ancient historian of his generation. He was admired by his peers, and was Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of the British Academy. His unmistakable voice was familiar to tens of thousands of radio listeners, his polemical reviews and other journalism were found all over the broadsheets and weeklies, and his scholarly as well as his popular works sold in very large numbers as Penguin paperbacks. Yet this was also a man dismissed from his job at Rutgers University when he refused to answer the question of whether he was or had ever been a member of the Communist Party. This pioneering volume assesses Finley's achievements and analyses the nature of the impact of this charismatic individual and the means by which he changed the world of ancient history.

    • A prolonged critical engagement with Finley's work, unparalleled in treatments of other scholars, and important for all those tackling the major ancient historical problems which his work addressed
    • The first serious attempt to understand the impact made by a humanities scholar, engaging those who desire themselves to achieve impact by their work in the arts and humanities and revealing to policy-makers how impact has been achieved in the past
    • Tells a fascinating story of Finley's life and his changing interests and is an engaging biographical history of a great scholar
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316603536
    • length: 351 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Finley's impact - a balance sheet Daniel Jew, Robin Osborne and Michael Scott
    2. The making of Moses Finley Daniel P. Tompkins
    3. The impact of Studies in Land and Credit Paul Millett
    4. Finley's impact on Homer Robin Osborne
    5. Finley's slavery Kostas Vlassopoulos
    6. Finley and Sicily Jonathan R. W. Prag
    7. Finley and the teaching of ancient history Dorothy J. Thompson
    8. Finley's journalism Mary Beard
    9. Finley and the University of Cambridge Geoffrey Lloyd
    10. Finley and other scholars: the case of Finley and Momigliano Peter Garnsey
    11. Finley's democracy Paul Cartledge
    12. Finley and the ancient economy Alessandro Launaro
    13. Finley and archaeology Jennifer Gates-Foster
    14. Finley's impact on the continent Wilfried Nippel
    15. Measuring Finley's impact Walter Scheidel.

  • Editors

    Daniel Jew, College of Alice and Peter Tan, Singapore
    Daniel Jew is a Lecturer at the National University of Singapore, College of Alice and Peter Tan, and was formerly Finley Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge.

    Robin Osborne, University of Cambridge
    Robin Osborne is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and of the British Academy. His work ranges widely over Greek history, archaeology and art history. His most recent books are Athens and Athenian Democracy (Cambridge, 2010), The History Written on the Classical Greek Body (Cambridge, 2011), and Greek History: the Basics (2014).

    Michael Scott, University of Warwick
    Michael Scott is a former Finley Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge, and is now Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. His publications range across Greek and Roman history and archaeology and include Delphi and Olympia (Cambridge, 2010) Space and Society in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Cambridge, 2012), Delphi: Centre of the Ancient World (2014) and Ancient Worlds (2016). He has also written and presented a number of documentaries and radio programmes about the ancient Mediterranean world for the BBC, ITV, National Geographic and the History Channel.


    Daniel Jew, Robin Osborne, Michael Scott, Daniel P. Tompkins, Paul Millett, Kostas Vlassopoulos, Jonathan R. W. Prag, Dorothy J. Thompson, Mary Beard, Geoffrey Lloyd, Peter Garnsey, Paul Cartledge, Alessandro Launaro, Jennifer Gates-Foster, Wilfried Nippel, Walter Scheidel

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