Momigliano, Arnaldo Dante

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MOMIGLIANO, ARNALDO DANTE (1908–1987), historian of antiquity; born in Caraglio (Cuneo), Italy. After the Italian antisemitic legislation of 1938 he settled in England, where from 1951 to 1975 he was professor of ancient history at University College, London. Momigliano wrote, in Italian, books on Thucydides, Claudius, Philip of Macedon, as well as works on classical historiography. His best-known English books are Conflict Between Paganism and Christianity in the Fourth Century (1963), and Studies in Historiography (1966). One of his earlier works, Prime Linee di Storia della Tradizione Maccabaica (1930, 3d ed. 1968), was an impressive contribution to Jewish history of the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Also notable were his Ricerche sull' organizzazione della Giudea sotte il dominio romano (1934, 1967) and his chapters on the Second Temple period in the Cambridge Ancient History. A comprehensive bibliography of Momigliano's works is included in his Quarto contributo alia storia depli studi classici e del mondo antico (pp. 669–719). He was renowned for his deep learning and erudition.

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