Philip Matyszak teaches ancient history for Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education. He has written extensively on the ancient world, including Ancient Athens on 5 Drachmas a Day (2008), Greek and Roman Myths: A Guide to the Classical Stories (2010) and most recently Sparta: Fall of a Warrior Nation (2017).
Matyszak succeeds in showing that Greek civilization consisted of more than the Peloponnese and Attica, and he has provided the general reader with a different story of the origin, development, and collapse of Greek civilization. -- Bryn Mawr Classical Review In this book Matyszak deliberately ignores the well-trodden fifth century BC on mainland Greece and concentrates on the Greeks of the diaspora. This spans a period of nearly 1900 years between 700 BC and AD 1200 and a geographic spread from Spain to Bactria. To cover this at all in less than two hundred pages is a tour de force and to cover it with such a breadth of knowledge and with such clarity is a triumph. The sixty-eight, mainly colored, illustrations are attractive and relevant, and the timeline at the start of the book is an essential tool. . . . The Greeks is a masterful and eminently readable account of an unfamiliar theme and is excellent value for money. -- Classics for All A colorful cavalcade of soldiers, scholars, philosophers, and political leaders who spread Greek culture so far afield populate the pages of The Greeks, and thanks for Matyszak's crisp prose and wry humor, his tale never flags. -- Minerva