Robin Waterfield is an independent scholar, living in southern Greece. In addition to more than twenty-five translations of works of Greek literature, he is the author of numerous books, most recently Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire (2011) and Taken at the Flood: The Roman Conquest of Greece (2014), also published by Oxford University Press.
'Drawing on contemporary literature and inscriptions, informed by the most up-to-date archaeology, illustrated throughout with half-tone photographs and containing an excellent timeline (from 1200 to 27 BC), lists of rulers (of Ptolemaic Egypt, Macedon from the fourth century, Pergamum, Persia, Syracuse and Seleucid Syria), fifteen maps and a glossary, this book provides an invaluable resource for anyone wishing a comprehensive account of Greek history and culture, while reading lists point the way for those who wish to find out more. W's masterly review of how tensions between cultural unity and political disunity unfolded over eight hundred years is to be thoroughly recommended.' * David Stuttard, Classics for All * 'Waterfield's tone is suitably authoritative and measured... his book is enlivened by its detail.' * Daisy Dunn, Sunday Times * 'Engaging but rigorously researched narrative history. All you ever needed to know about the Greeks.' * The Lady * 'In a clear, engaging style, Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens gives us the grand sweep of the ancient Greeks' 700-year history- from tiny but vibrant city-states, to great empires encompassing the Middle East, and ultimately their violent conquest by the even greater Roman Empire. For everyone interested in this extraordinary story, this is now the place to start.' * Ian Morris, author of War! What Is It Good for? and Why the West Rules-for Now * 'Judicious, reliable, compendious, limpidly clear, and based on immense research in the primary sources, Waterfield's fresh new history of ancient Greece will be the go-to resource for those seeking a panoptic, periscopic vision of one of the past's most fertile cultures.' * Paul Cartledge, author of Democracy: A Life and After Thermopylae * 'Superlative. . . . The scholarship is thorough, deep, and well-explained. . . . Readers looking for an authoritative account of almost any aspect of ancient Greek history should be thoroughly gratified.' * Kirkus Reviews *