From Alessandria, a provincial town in northern Italy, Mirko Canevaro left for Torino to study Classics. There he was involved in politics, campaigned against authoritarian changes to the Italian constitution and started a project that brought teaching of Civic Education to many schools of Piedmont. A move to England landed him a Durham PhD – and a Geordie wife. He has held research positions in Greece (at the British School of Athens) and Germany (at the Universität Mannheim), and is now Chancellor’s Fellow in Ancient History in Edinburgh.
Mirko is a Greek historian interested in institutional, social and economic history. His work is mainly concerned with the sources for Athenian legal and institutional history (the topic of his first book, The Documents in the Attic Orators), with the ideology and procedures of constitutional reform in Athens, and with inequality of wealth and status in the Greek city-states.
His research has been funded by the AHRC and by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He was Runner-Up Scotland International Young Thinker of the Year at the International Young Scotland Programme in 2014.
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