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M. I. Finley (1912–1986)

Author of The World of Odysseus

47+ Works 4,501 Members 40 Reviews 8 Favorited

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M. I. Finley, FBA, (1912-1986), was a major scholar of classics and ancient history. He taught at Columbia University and the City College of New York, where he was influenced by exiled members of the Frankfurt School, before taking a position at Rutgers University. Finley moved to England in 1955, show more taught classics at Cambridge, and became a master at Darwin College. His numerous works include the classic texts Aspects of Antiquity and The Ancient Economy. Finley was knighted by the queen for his contributions to scholarship in 1979. show less

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Works by M. I. Finley

The World of Odysseus (1954) 1,123 copies
The Portable Greek Historians (1959) — Editor; Editor — 547 copies
The Ancient Greeks (1963) 516 copies
The Ancient Economy (1973) 356 copies
The Use and Abuse of History (1975) 169 copies
A history of Sicily (1968) 115 copies
Studies in Ancient Society (1974) — Editor — 23 copies
The Jewish War and Other Selections (1965) — Editor — 10 copies
Socrates on Trial (2014) 3 copies
Sur l'histoire ancienne (1987) 3 copies
Mythe, mémoire, histoire (1993) 3 copies
Grecy 1 copy
The Greeks 1 copy
Vechii greci 1 copy

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A good book to read before a trip to this island.
 
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mykl-s | 1 other review | Aug 11, 2023 |
A good, basic introduction to Greek culture, a nice review.
 
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et.carole | 6 other reviews | Jan 21, 2022 |
I read this book for the first time 12 years ago. I always remembered this as one of the most interesting history books I read. Now that I re-read the book, I am not disappointed. I find fascinating how M. I Finley uses concepts developed in anthropology to analyse Homer.
 
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Clarissa_ | 7 other reviews | May 11, 2021 |
Not too much to say here: no doubt this is slightly out of date, but Finley is so cautious--he's perfectly willing to say that we don't know this or that, rather than make uneducated guesses--that I doubt he steers us wrong too much. Otherwise, this is an ideal book on ancient Greece for me personally, since I can't handle the self-congratulatory liberal cheer-leading that goes on every time anyone talks about classical Greece. This book ends before classical Greece. Q.E.D.
 
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