A History of Ancient Greece in 50 Lives


Tells the Greek story through the interconnecting lives of the men and women who shaped its politics and literature, its science and philosophy, its art and sport


ISBN: 9780500295519 Category:

David Stuttard


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.

With 29 illustrations, 25 in colour

Additional information

Weight 291 g
Dimensions 12.9 x 19.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 25 March 2021
Number of pages 304
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 12.9 x 19.7 cm
Weight 291 g


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David Stuttard is the author of several books on the classical world, including The Romans Who Shaped Britain, also published by Thames & Hudson.