Michael Crawford (historian)

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Professor Michael Hewson Crawford BA, MA, FBA (born 1939) is a British ancient historian and numismatist.

Early life[edit]

Crawford was born in Twickenham on 7 December 1939. He was educated at St Paul's School and Oriel College, Oxford (BA, MA), and the British School at Rome.

Academic career[edit]

In 1964, Crawford was elected a Research Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. From 1969 until 1986 he was Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge and University Lecturer in Ancient History in the University of Cambridge. He was Professor of Ancient History at University College London from 1986 until 2005, becoming Emeritus Professor on his retirement. He continues to undertake some teaching in the Department of History and works on Projet Volterra.

In 1964/65, Crawford was Eliza Procter Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. He has also been a Visiting Professor at University of Pavia (1983 and 1992), École Normale Supérieure (1984), University of Padua (1986), University of San Marino (1989), University of Milan (1990), University of L'Aquila (1990), École pratique des hautes études (1997), and École des hautes études en sciences sociales (1999).


He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1980, a Foreign Member of the Istituto Lombardo in 1990 and a Foreign Corresponding Member of the Institut de France in 2006. In 2001 he was appointed an Officier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques de la République Française.


  • T.J. Cornell, M.H. Crawford, and J.A. North, Art and production in the world of the Caesars (Milan: Olivetti, 1987)
  • Michael H. Crawford, ed., L'Impero romano e le strutture economiche e sociali delle provincie (Como: Edizioni New Press, 1986)
  • Michael H. Crawford, Coinage and money under the Roman Republic: Italy and the Mediterranean economy (London: Methuen, 1985)
  • M.H. Crawford, A catalogue of Roman Republican coins in the collections of the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh (Edinburgh: Royal Scottish Museum, 1984)
  • Michael Crawford and David Whitehead, Archaic and Classical Greece: a selection of ancient sources in translation (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983)
  • Michael Crawford, ed., Sources for ancient history (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983)
  • Michael H. Crawford, La moneta in Grecia e a Roma (Bari: Laterza, 1982)
  • Michael Crawford, 'Economia imperiale e commercio estero', Tecnologia, economia e società nel mondo romano: Atti del Convegno di Como, 27–29 sett. 1979 (1980), 207–218
  • Michael H. Crawford, 'Ancient Devaluations: a general theory', Collection de l'École française de Rome 37 (1978) Les "dévaluations" à Rome. Epoque républicaine et impériale (Rome, 13–15 Nov 1975), 147–158
  • Michael H. Crawford, Roman Republican coinage (London: Cambridge University Press, 1974)
  • Mark Hassall, Michael Crawford, and Joyce Reynolds, 'Rome and the eastern provinces at the end of the second century B.C.', Journal of Roman Studies 64 (1974), 195–220
  • K.T. Erim, J. Reynolds, and M. Crawford, 'Diocletian's currency reform: a new inscription', Journal of Roman Studies 61 (1971), 171–177
  • Michael Crawford, Coin hoards and the pattern of violence in the late Republic (London: R. Clay & Sons, 1969)
  • M.H. Crawford, The financial organisation of Republican Spain, Numismatic Chronicle 9 (1969), 79–93
  • Michael H. Crawford, Roman Republican coin hoards (London: Royal Numismatic Society, 1969)
  • Michael H. Crawford, 'The edict of M. Marius Gratidianus', Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society (1968), 1–4
  • M.H. Crawford, 'War and finance', Journal of Roman Studies 54 (1964), 29–32

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