From the Inside Flap
"The book is marvelously erudite, using the historiography of the ancient world to set off on am arch through the ages. What Momigliano brings to the subject that no one else can is a keen scent for the Nachleben of classical authors. His intimate knowledge of Renaissance scholarship and his familiarity with modern intellectual history give this text dimensions that no comparable work possesses."
--Erich S. Gruen, University of California, Berkeley
"These lectures are vintage Momigliano, full of deep learning, new associations, sound judgments, mastery of a broad range of literature from several different cultures, and all bearing the inimitable stamp of one of this century's leading intellectual historians. Here is a fascinating, original exploration of how the aims and methods of historians in Isreal, Greece, and Rome helped shape the development of Western historiography."
--Ronald S. Stroud, University of California, Berkeley
About the Author
Arnaldo Momigliano (1908-87) was born and educated in Italy. He was appointed to the chair of Roman history at the University of Turin in 1936, but deprived of his professorship under Mussolini's racial decree, he settled in Oxford in 1939. He was Professor of Ancient History at University College London from 1951 until 1975 and Alexander White Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago from 1975 to 1987. His many books include The Development of Greek Biography (1971), Alien Wisdom: The Limits of Hellenization (1975), and the eleven volumes of essays entitled Contributi alla Storia degli Studi Classici e del Mondo Antico.