Author

Edward Arthur Thompson

Irish historian

1914   -   1994

country of citizenship: Ireland
language of expression: English
educated at: Trinity College Dublin
occupation: historian, university teacher
award received: Fellow of the British Academy

Edward Arthur Thompson (22 May 1914 – 1 January 1994) was an Irish-born British historian who specialized in classicism and medieval studies. He was Professor and Director of the Classics Department at the University of Nottingham from 1948 to 1979, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Thompson was a pioneer in the study of Late Antiquity, and was for decades the most prominent British scholar in this field. He was particularly interested in the relations between Ancient Rome and "barbarian" peoples such as the Huns and Visigoths, and has been credited with revitalizing English-language scholarship on the history of early Germanic peoples. Thompson's works on these subjects have been highly influential.
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