Chris Carey was born in Liverpool and educated at Jesus College, Cambridge. He has worked at the University of Cambridge, University of Minnesota, Carleton College, St Andrews, Royal Holloway, and UCL, and taught in the Netherlands, Hungary, Greece, and Serbia. He has worked on Greek lyric poetry, epic, drama, oratory, and law, and is currently working on a commentary on book 7 of Herodotus' History. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2012.
Thermopylae is a discerning examination of a still resonant battle and the problems it poses for ancient historians. Its author writes intelligently for non-specialist students of military history, without footnoting controversies. He has walked Xerxes's route. * Donald Lateiner, Michigan War Studies Review * Carey is one of Britain's foremost students of ancient history. In this meticulous examination of the story he admits that most of the facts we have are speculative ... The value of Carey's book lies in its reflections upon a legend that continues to influence our culture and ideals. * Max Hastings, The Sunday Times *