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 new approach to telling the Greek story, David Stuttard weaves together the lives of fifty movers and shakers of the Greek world into a continuous, chronologically organized 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.
Thames & Hudson
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01 April 2021
Introduction * 1. Of Gods and Heroes * 2. The Age of Tyrants * 3. Greece in Peril * 4. The Age of Pericles * 5. World War * 6. Fall Out * 7. The Age of the Dynasts * 8. In the Shadow of Rome * 9. Lives in a Mirror
David Stuttard is the author of several books on the classical world, including The Romans Who Shaped Britain, also published by Thames & Hudson.
Reviews for A History of Ancient Greece in 50 Lives
'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