MacArthur Fellows Program

Arnaldo Dante Momigliano

Historian | Class of 1987

Title
Historian
Location
Chicago, Illinois
Age
79 at time of award
Deceased
Sept. 1, 1987

Arnaldo Momigliano was a scholar whose work encompassed many historical areas.

For over fifty years, his published work covered a wide range of topics in ancient, classical, Jewish, and Christian history.  His later work was significant for its demonstration of how nineteenth-century European culture affected historiography.  Momigliano’s books include The Conflict Between Paganism and Christianity in the Fourth Century (1963), The Development of Greek Biography (1971), Alien Wisdom: The Limits of Hellenization (1975; rev. ed., 1978), Essays in Ancient and Modern Historiography (1977), and On Pagans, Jews, and Christians (1987).

For twelve years Momigliano served as the Alexander White Visiting Professor of Classics and History at the University of Chicago, where he was also a member of the Committee on Social Thought.  Prior to joining the University of Chicago faculty, he held professorships in ancient history at the Universities of Turin, Rome, and Bristol, at University College London, and at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa.  He was a fellow of the British Academy, of the Dutch Academy, and of the Warburg Institute, and the recipient of an honorary British knighthood.

Momigliano was educated privately and attended the Universities of Turin and Rome.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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