The political leaders, writers, artists and philosophers of ancient Greece turned a small group of city states into a pan-Mediterranean civilization, whose legacy can be found everywhere today. But who were these people, what do we know of their lives and how did they interact with one another?
In this original approach to the history of ancient Greece, David Stuttard weaves together the lives of fifty of the most remarkable and influential people from the Greek world into a compelling narrative, from the early tyrant rulers Peisistratus and Polycrates, through the stirrings of democracy under Cleisthenes to the rise of Macedon under Philip II and Alexander the Great and the eventual decline of the Greek world as Rome rose to power.
'A few great men operating in isolation – too often this is the way ancient Greece is described to us. Stuttard puts the very greatest into their historical, political and cultural contexts and coaxes some of the lesser known centre stage'
Bettany Hughes, author and historian
'David Stuttard's career represents an admirable commitment to popularizing classical culture and making it accessible to new non-specialist audiences'
Current World Archaeology