Born from an Jewish family with New York, he is a child prodigy. He is received Bachelor off Arts (equivalent of the license) Magna cum laude at 15 years at the University of Syracuse, then obtains a Master off Arts of public Droit to the Université Columbia, at the 17 years age. He becomes collaborator-researcher of the Encyclopædia off the Social Sciences before being an research assistant in Roman law to Columbia in 1933. He turns then to the old story and obtains his Doctorat, this time within the department of history.
In 1934, the Institute for research in social sciences of Frankfurt settles in New York and joined Columbia. Finley binds then with the group directed by max Horkheimer: it took part in seminars and writing in their review, Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung . In 1948, he becomes professor with Rutgers University . In 1952, it is worried by the commission McCarthy for its dealings with the group of Karl Polanyi, manifestly of left, in Columbia. Refusing to answer as for its membership or not the Communist party, in the name of the fifth amendment, it is dismissed with the end of the year.
In impossibility of finding work with the the United States, it leaves for the Great Britain, where it obtains a station with the Université of Cambridge, to Darwin College. It is naturalized British in 1962 and is made knight in 1979. He dies in 1986.
The Ancient Greeks ( the Former Greeks )
- Myth, memory, history ( The Uses and Abuse History off)
- Le Monde of Ulysses ( The World off Odysseus )
- ancient Esclavage and modern ideology ( Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology )
- Économie and Société in old Greece ( The Ancient Economy )
- ancient Démocratie and modern Democracy
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