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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 120, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, II$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263020

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263020.001.0001

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Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière Hammond 1907–2001

Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière Hammond 1907–2001

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(p.241) (p.242) Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière Hammond 1907–2001
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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 120, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, II
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Anthony Snodgrass

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263020.003.0012

Nick Hammond stands in a class of his own among Fellows of the Academy. His scholarly achievement was shaped by many untypical factors. His lifelong devotion to education, in every sense and at every level from the secondary onwards, gave it an unusual direction: until late in his life, much of his research had been driven by his teaching. His boldness in venturing into widely diverse branches of Classics, together with his intensely personal view of the activity of research, is reflected in his own unclassifiable status; the fact that he had had no formal research supervisor of his own, nor was later in a position to attract a large following of research pupils, accentuated this. With little doubt, his best work was to be found in the fields where not only his exhaustive knowledge of the ancient sources, but also his personal virtues and experiences had full rein: the volume on Epirus, the trilogy on Macedonia, and the best of his battle-reconstructions where he had walked over the landscape.

Keywords:   ancient historians, Fellows of the Academy, classics, Epirus, Macedonia

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