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Alcibiades and the Fall of Athens

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$29.95 • £21.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674660441

Publication Date: 04/16/2018


400 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 halftones, 5 maps, 1 chart


Stuttard is skilled at drawing together background information that adds context to his characters’ actions, seamlessly smuggling exposition of Greek and Persian society and customs into his narrative. Nemesis demonstrates how readable and entertaining popular narrative ancient history can be.—Carol Atack, The Times Literary Supplement

Alcibiades will always be remembered as one of the slipperiest statesmen in history… Nemesis is a rich and rewarding biography, as thorough as it is bracing and as measured as it is entertaining. Stuttard is to be praised for capturing the complexity of both the man and the world he lived in with such sensitivity and clarity.—Daisy Dunn, New Criterion

Stuttard’s new life of Alcibiades is a lively, fast-paced and eminently readable attempt to bring the insolent young monster back to life.—Peter Thonemann, Literary Review

[A] robust new biography of Alcibiades.—Thomas W. Hodgkinson, Spectator

It’s quite the tale, told with rare gusto and precision by David Stuttard—an astute inquisitor of the conflicting sources with an eye for the telling anecdote.—Jonathan Wright, The Catholic Herald

Stuttard’s work is laudable especially in its depth and its use of available sources.—Samuel Ortencio Flores, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

As an entertaining biography of a scoundrel, Nemesis is superb… Stuttard eloquently tells the reader of the rise and fall of a man and his city, who both angered the gods through their acts and attitudes.Choice

No one before has come anything like as near as David Stuttard to penetrating the inner recesses of the mainsprings of Alcibiades’ often outrageous, sometimes statesmanlike, always commanding public performances. Dr. Stuttard’s mastery of the ancient sources and his narrative exposition are dazzling throughout, bringing to singing life the mercurial, magnetic, passionate, and persuasive personality of this still hugely controversial Athenian aristocrat of the fifth century BC.—Paul Cartledge, author of Democracy: A Life

David Stuttard is a recognized expert at making the ancient Greek world come alive for modern audiences. In Nemesis, he conveys the horror and the glory of the years of Athens’ greatness and decline. Central to these processes was the flamboyant Alcibiades, and Stuttard, wearing his learning lightly, gives us a hugely entertaining biography that is simultaneously an exciting adventure story and a pithy history of the period.—Robin Waterfield, author of Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens: A History of Ancient Greece

Stuttard has offered us a colorful, lively, engaging analysis of one of ancient Greece’s most fascinating and slippery characters: Alcibiades. With deft skill, Stuttard navigates the ancient sources to offer the portrait not simply of a hero, or a villain, but of a man with equal talents and failings who managed to captivate the attention of the ancient world.—Michael Scott, author of Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West