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Luciano Canfora

Italian historian

1942   -  

country of citizenship: Italy
native language: Italian
languages spoken, written or signed: Italian
educated at: University of Bari, Scuola Normale Superiore
occupation: historian, politician, professor, classical philologist
award received: Italian Order of Merit for Culture and Art

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Luciano Canfora (Italian pronunciation: [luˈtʃaːno ˈkaɱfora]; born 5 June 1942 in Bari, Italy) is an Italian classicist and historian. Canfora obtained his first degree in Roman History in 1964 at Pisa University. He is currently Professor of Classics at the University of Bari. His specialty is ancient libraries and his book The Vanished Library about Library of Alexandria has been translated into some 15 languages. He has also published a history of democracy under the title La Democrazia: Storia di un'Ideologia (Bari, 2004). Since 1975, he has edited the periodical Quaderni di storia. Canfora stood in the 1999 European Parliament election for the Party of Italian Communists.
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