Translations and Adaptations

David’s translations and adaptations of Greek tragedies and comedies have been highly acclaimed by critics and performers alike and have been produced throughout the UK by Actors of Dionysus, as well as by other companies in the UK, USA and Australia.  To order copies of David’s translations and adaptations, please email by clicking here

Reconstruction: Trojan Trilogy

In 2007, David’s reconstruction of Euripides’ Trojan Trilogy was performed as a semi-staged reading at the British Museum, enabling audiences to experience Trojan Women in something like its original context for the first time in two thousand years.

‘a fascinating adaptation... an exquisite piece of work’

Ioanna Karamanou, University of the Peloponnese

His Alexandros, the first play in the trilogy, was subsequently performed as a rehearsed reading at Europe House, Smith Square, London in October 2012 with Fenella Fielding as Hekabe and Matt Barber as Alexandros, while Palamedes was likewise performed in Spring 2013. Alexandros was fully staged as an open air production in July 2015, and will be repeated at Allington Castle, Kent in September 2015.  Click here to go to pages dedicated to the Trojan Trilogy.

Trojan Women, Book and CD

David has written and edited several books about Greek drama. His own Introduction to Trojan Women provides an overview of the history and conventions of Greek tragedy, as well as the life and times of Euripides. By examining the lost plays of the original trilogy, it sets Trojan Women in its dramatic context, allowing the reader to appreciate more fully the impact it was designed to have on its original audience.

‘Stuttard takes the beginner rapidly and easily through the festivals, the theatre, the historical and intellectual background.

For anyone wishing to explore this tragedy‘s origins and modern resonance, this makes a stimulating introduction.‘

JACT Newsletter

‘A lively and thought-provoking introduction.‘

CA News

The book is accompanied by a CD recording of Trojan Women in David’s 2001 adaptation. These, together with the translations and adaptations listed on this page, can be purchased by clicking here.

Essays On...

In addition, David has edited books of essays on Trojan Women, Agamemnon and Bacchae for Actors of Dionysus. For further information on these, the DVD The Face of Tragedy, which David introduces, and the Penguin Audiobook of Medea, which David produced in 1997, please email by clicking here


(ed) Essays on Trojan Women (aod, 2002)

(ed) Essays on Agamemnon (aod, 2003)

(ed) Essays on Bacchae (aod, 2006)

An Introduction to Trojan Women (cd, 2005)

(ed) Looking at Lysistrata (Duckworth, 2010)

AD 410, The Year That Shook Rome

    (British Museum Press, 2010)

Power Games: Ritual and Rivalry at the        

    Greek Olympics (BMP, 2012)

The Romans Who Shaped Britain

    (Thames and Hudson, 2012)

31 BC, Antony, Cleopatra and The Fall of

    Egypt (BMP, 2012)

Parthenon: Power and Politics on the

    Acropolis (BMP, 2013)

(ed) Looking at Medea (Bloomsbury, 2014)

A History of Greece in 50 Lives (T&H, 2014)

(ed) Looking at Bacchae (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Greek Mythology, A Traveler’s Guide

     (T&H, 2016)

(ed) Looking at Antigone (Bloomsbury, 2017)

Nemesis: Alcibiades and the Fall of

    Athens (Harvard University Press)

Roman Mythology, A Traveler’s Guide

    (forthcoming, T&H, 2019)

(ed) Looking at Ajax (forthcoming,

    Bloomsbury, 2019)

Phoenix: Cimon and the Rise of Athens

   (forthcoming, Harvard University Press,


(ed) Looking at Agamemnon (forthcoming,

   Bloomsbury, 2020)

(ed) Looking at Persians (forthcoming,

   Bloomsbury, 2021)








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Medea (Penguin 1997)

Trojan Women (2005)

Sappho: The Sweetness of Honey (2014)


The Face of Tragedy (1997)

History and Literature

Nemesis: Alcibiades and the Fall of Athens

Harvard University Press

Politician, playboy, commander, traitor: Alcibiades’ mercurial personality dominated the late fifth-century BC. Drawing on all the available evidence, this new biography traces Alcibiades’ meteoric rise and fall, following his journeys crisscrossing the Mediterranean from mainland Greece to Syracuse, Sardis and Byzantium, and weaving together the threads of his adventures against a backdrop of cultural splendor and international chaos.

A History of Ancient Greece in Fifty Lives

Thames and Hudson

This new approach to the telling of ancient Greek history weaves together the lives of the movers and shakers of the Greek world into a continuous narrative, from the early tyrant rulers through the stirrings of democracy to the emergence of Macedon and the eventual decline of the Greek world with the rise of Rome. This book has also been published in Dutch, Turkish and South Korean editions.

Greek Mythology: A Traveller’s Guide from Mount Olympus to Troy

Thames and Hudson

Taking the reader to twenty-two sites that can be visited today (including Hades – or its earthly equivalent, Ephyra) David explores their relevance to legend, at the same time providing an entertaining overview of Greek mythology and revealing what can be seen by modern travellers. Beautifully illustrated with line drawings by Lis Watkins, the book has also been published in a South Korean edition.

Looking at Lysistrata

Bloomsbury Press

A collection of eight essays by leading academics, edited and with an introduction by David, the volume includes his adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.

Looking at Medea

Bloomsbury Press

A collection of twelve essays by leading academics is edited and introduced by David and includes his translation of Medea, used for the Penguin Audiobook in 1996.

Looking at Bacchae

Bloomsbury Press

David has edited twelve essays by leading international academics, which appear here with his introduction and translation of Euripides’ masterpiece.

Looking at Antigone

Bloomsbury Press

Sophocles’ Antigone is presented here in David’s translation, accompanied by twelve essays by leading international academics.

Parthenon: Power and Politics on the Acropolis

British Museum Press

The Parthenon is one of the world’s most iconic buildings. This book tells the dramatic story of its conception and creation. Setting it against a turbulent historical background and rooting it firmly in the real and mythological landscape of Athens, it explores the Parthenon as the proud embodiment of the power not only of the Athenian empire, but of the politicians who commissioned it, the artists who created it and the citizens who fought to build the society which it would come to represent.

The Romans Who Shaped Britain

Thames and Hudson

Co-written with Sam Moorhead, The Romans Who Shaped Britain tells the story of the Roman occupation of Britain through the lives of the key players in the drama. With an epic sweep of over 400 years, the book brings the changing fortunes of the province’s history vividly to life.

Power Games

British Museum Press

The Greek Olympic Festival of 416 BC was an opportunity not only for athletic contests but for lavish ritual and political intrigue. The book takes the reader into this world, setting the Olympics in their true historical and social context. 

AD410, The Year that Shook Rome

British Museum Press

Co-written with Sam Moorhead, the book tells the story of the sack of Rome by Alaric and the Goths. It has been highly praised by critics and readers and found its way onto recommended reading lists.

31BC, Antony, Cleopatra and The Fall of Egypt                                                              British Museum Press

Co-written with Sam Moorhead, this is Antony and Cleopatra with a new twist. Here, Alexandria, home of Cleopatra and at the time the greatest city in the Western world, becomes as much the heroine of the story as Cleopatra herself as we trace the effect the rise of Roman power had on the ancient (but now Hellenized) civilization of Egypt. This book has also been published in a German edition.