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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 161, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VIII$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264577

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264577.001.0001

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John Anthony Crook 1921–2007

John Anthony Crook 1921–2007

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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 161, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VIII
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P. D. A. Garnsey

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264577.003.0006

John Anthony Crook (1921–2007), a Fellow of the British Academy, was a distinguished ancient historian with a special interest in Roman history and law. Among historians, his knowledge and understanding of Roman law was unequalled. Crook's academic career was spent for the most part in the University of Cambridge, and at St John's College. He entered the college as an undergraduate in 1939, and served as a Fellow from 1951 until his death on September 7, 2007. Within the Faculty of Classics he rose to be Professor of ancient history in 1979. Crook was born in Balham, London, the only child of a bandsman in the Grenadier Guards. In his book Law and Life of Rome, he gave a brilliant demonstration of how legal sources might be made accessible and used constructively for social history. In the late 1970s, Crook joined forces with J. G. Wolf to produce an edition of the Murecine Tablets, to which they had been drawn independently.

Keywords:   John Anthony Crook, British Academy, ancient history, Roman law, University of Cambridge, London, Life of Rome, social history, Murecine Tablets, J. G. Wolf

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