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In Brief

David is a writer, lecturer, theatre director, dramaturg and Fellow of Goodenough College, London.

His Nemesis: Alcibiades and the Downfall of Athens was published by Harvard University Press in April 2018.

He is represented by Bill Hamilton at A.M. Heath (www.amheath.com).

‘David Stuttard is a classicist well-known for translating and directing Greek plays.

His career represents an admirable commitment to popularising classical culture

and making it accessible to new non-specialist audiences.’

Current World Archaeology

Over the past twenty-five years, no-one has done more than Stuttard to keep classical Greek drama

alive on the English stage. Stuttard’s translations of Medea, The Bacchae and Lysistrata

are among the best contemporary performance texts of Greek plays.

Peter Thonemann, Literary Review

Nemesis demonstrates how readable and entertaining popular narrative ancient history can be.

Carol Atack, Times Literary Supplement

David also writes regular book reviews, and lectures widely on history and literature, including for the Arts Society.

‘David has the rare gift of being able to bring history to life with enthusiasm and flair.

His lectures are always well received by a diverse range of audiences, who often comment

on the accessibility of his style as well as his vast scholarship.’

Freddie Matthews, Head of Adult Programmes, The British Museum

To see David’s full biography, please click here.

Recent, Current and Forthcoming

David’s Nemesis: Alcibiades and the Downfall of Athens was published by Harvard University Press in April. Comments include: ‘No one before has come anything like as near as David Stuttard to penetrating the inner recesses of the mainsprings of Alcibiades's often outrageous, sometimes statesmanlike, always commanding public performances. 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)

Meanwhile Looking at Antigone (Bloomsbury Press, 2017) has garnered considerable praise: ‘Stuttard brings together his humane and sensitive translation with a stellar cast of insightful minds who offer new and exciting journeys into the rich texture of the play. Not to be missed!’ (Michael Scott); ‘A rich resource for both readers and performers’ (Pat Easterling); ‘An accessible and informative resource for anyone who reads the Antigone in translation’ (Mary Lefkowitz); ‘Stuttard’s eminently speakable translation is amply illuminated by varied and thought-provoking essays’ (Niall W. Slater).

David is currently working on Roman Mythology: A Traveller’s Guide from Troy to Tivoli (Thames and Hudson), Looking at Ajax (Bloomsbury) and Phoenix: Cimon and the Rise of Athens (Harvard University Press).

Throughout 2018 he is delivering workshops and lecturing on a range of subjects – including Alcibiades – at venues throughout the UK, as well as appearing on a panel with Edith Hall and Tom Holland as part of Ian Hislop’s I Object exhibition at The British Museum. At the same time, his Just a Little Murder, starring Fenella Fielding and Stephen Greif has been performed in venues in and around London.

For dates of all future events and activities, please click here. You can contact David by clicking here and follow him on Twitter @davidstuttard.



Please click on any of the covers for more information.

Greek Mythology:

A Traveller’s Guide


Alcibiades on a Hellenistic or Roman mosaic now in the museum at Sparta.