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Finley’s Democracy/Democracy’s Finley

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This chapter discusses the background, contexts and contents of the two English editions and several translations of Democracy Ancient and Modern (DAM) by taking a leaf out of the Book of 'Mom'. The original published version of DAM contained just three chapters, based on the three lectures delivered at Rutgers in 1972. So much for DAM in and of itself, which clearly was not an un-political let alone un-polemical work. The chapter considers Moses Finley's own 'practical politics' after his emigration to the UK and to Cambridge. It finds from talking to many academic colleagues in Cambridge of a senior generation or generations, Finley was a consummate academic politician. By 1965, Finley had made a published contribution to pedagogical debate in his essay on 'Classics' in a Penguin collection edited by Jack Plumb addressed to what was billed more generally as a 'Crisis in the Humanities' (1964).

Keywords: Book of Mom; Cambridge; Classics; Crisis in the Humanities; Democracy Ancient and Modern (DAM); Moses Finley; Rutgers; UK



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