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A Brief Introduction

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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book Moses Finley and Politics that focuses in an area where Finley's achievement is more problematic, politics. Finley was passionately concerned about politics, modern politics and Athenian politics alike. Even when he was writing about economic history or about other aspects of Greek and Roman society, politics always came in. Yet Finley's own political evolution, and its relationship to his scholarly work, have until recently been obscure subjects. For these reasons 'Moses Finley and Politics' seemed a theme very much worth pursuing. The book is thus intended to contribute to the understanding of his early political and semi-political activities, particularizing and contextualizing, as well as to the understanding of his writings about Greek and Roman politics. This involves a wider consideration of his intellectual formation in crucial areas of his interests, especially economics.

Keywords: Athenian politics; Greek society; Moses Finley; Roman society



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