My history hero: Sir Moses I Finley (1912–86)

Chosen by Mary Beard, historian and author

Mary Beard, professor of classics at the University of Cambridge. (David Levenson/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the January 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Sir Moses I Finley CBE, FBA, was an American classical scholar who moved to England in 1955. He taught at Cambridge and was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1971. His most notable work is The Ancient Economy (1973), in which he argued that status and civic ideology governed the economy in antiquity rather than rational economic motivations.

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