Ernst Badian, 85, noted scholar on ancient Rome


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Source: Boston Globe, 5-23-11


Dr. Badian, who taught history at Harvard for 27 years, died Feb. 1 at Tufts University Medical Center from injuries sustained in a fall the day before at his longtime Quincy home, said his wife, Nathlie. He was 85.

Dr. Badian taught at Harvard from 1971 until retiring in 1998. His wife said he had continued to work professionally, reviewing for the New York Review of Books and working on a book about Alexander the Great.

Accolades, honorary doctorates, and other awards were many and his books and articles were well received. “Ernst was the greatest Roman historian of the second half of the 20th century,’’ Judge said.

“Beyond any doubt, Ernst was the leading ancient historian of our generation,’’ Chambers said. “He cared immensely about his students, and they cared about him.’’…READ MORE

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