George Forrest (historian)
Early life and education
Forrest entered New College as a scholar in 1947, took a first in Classical Moderations in 1949, and another in Literae Humaniores in 1951. In his final term he won the Derby Scholarship, usually awarded for travel abroad.
Forrest was fiercely political and liberal in his views ("George was profoundly political, always a democrat and so, it followed naturally, always a socialist"), and worked tirelessly to free Greece from the Greek military junta of 1967-1974.
He was also a strong supporter of the campaign to return the Elgin Marbles to Athens, and was one of the original members of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.
He died of cancer in 1997, five years after retiring.
- The Emergence of Greek Democracy (1966)
- A History of Sparta, 950-192 B.C. (1968)
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