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George Grote's afterlife in the history of classical studies is marked by a series of profoundly and unequivocally eulogistic accounts. Grote's monumental project, in Arnaldo Momigliano's judgment, embraced a multi-dimensional approach, avoiding the distorting mirror of contemporary one-dimensional interpretations that were based either on partisanship or obsessive focus on specific species of evidentiary or doxographical material. Martin L. Clarke's 1962 Biography of George Grote interestingly coincided with the Cuban Missile Crisis and the culmination of the Cold War in ideological, strategic and political terms. Grote was thus firmly introduced into the troubled 1960s. In the Biography Clarke laid emphasis on Grote's political radicalism, his intrepid republicanism and beliefs in the extension of the franchise, liberty of thought and expression, education for all, and on his confidence in the human intellect's ability to achieve rationality and autonomy, thus dispelling self-deception and deep-seated prejudices.

Keywords: Arnaldo Momigliano's judgment; George Grote's monumental project; Martin L. Clarke; political radicalism

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