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A. D. Momigliano

(1908—1987) ancient historian


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(1908–1987), Italian historian. Arnaldo Dante Momigliano was the prototype of the European intellectual. Born in the small town of Caraglio, near Cuneo in the Piedmont region of Italy, he became known in every state in the modern world where ancient history is pursued. He was from a Jewish family that could be traced back to Jehuda de Montmélian of the early fourteenth century in Savoy, and he was always faithful to his Jewish heritage, even as he also worked intensively on Greco-Roman history. In 1925 he entered the University of Turin, where Gaetano De Sanctis, the dean of Italian ancient historians, became the major influence on the young scholar. De Sanctis supervised Momigliano's dissertation on the composition of Thucydides’ history (1930) and his first book, on the tradition of the Maccabees (1930).

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From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Classical Studies.


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