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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 130, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IV$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263501

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263501.001.0001

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Morris Keith Hopkins 1934–20041

Morris Keith Hopkins 1934–20041

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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 130, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, IV

W. V. Harris

British Academy

Morris Keith Hopkins (1934–2004), a Fellow of the British Academy, played a key role in broadening the study of ancient history, particularly the history of Rome. Having learned historical sociology, Hopkins was able to conduct a series of structural analyses of Roman society such as had rarely if ever been attempted by previous historians. Hopkins became a real sociologist in Hong Kong, whose massive housing problem he studied. He also spent time in North America; he was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. Two major schemes occupied Hopkins’s scholarly energies during the 1970s: one was to put together the structural and sociological account of the Roman Empire which he had already been working on at intervals for several years — this was eventually to become both Conquerors and Slaves and Death and Renewal. Throughout his career as a scholar, Hopkins strove to solve fundamental and very difficult historical problems, and to do this in an exciting and immediate fashion.

Keywords:   Morris Keith Hopkins, ancient history, Roman Empire, sociology, Hong Kong, Death and Renewal, Conquerors and Slaves

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