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In Brief

With a background in classics and drama, David is a writer, who also works as a theatre director and dramaturg. His  Looking at Bacchae (Bloomsbury Press) and Greek Mythology: A Traveller’s Guide (Thames and Hudson) are due to be published in 2016. He is now working on Nemesis: Alcibiades and the Downfall of Athens for Harvard University Press and is delighted to be 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

David is also a course tutor at The University of Cambridge, and lectures widely on Classical history and literature. Feedback from his course on Greek drama at Cambridge’s Ancient and Classical Worlds Summer School includes:

I thank you for your incredible passion and magnificent capability of passing it on.

You have been THE professor par excellence for me.

Lucrezia Lucchesini, University of Pisa

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

Recent, Current and Forthcoming

David is currently finishing work on Greek Mythology: A Traveller’s Guide for Thames and Hudson and Looking at Bacchae for Bloomsbury Press. He has recently begun writing Nemesis: Alcibiades and the Downfall of Athens for Harvard University Press. Meanwhile, overseas editions of his A History of Ancient Greece in Fifty Lives have been published in South Korea and the Netherlands, with a Turkish edition scheduled for 2016. At the same time he continues to deliver workshops on Greek drama, stage events and lecture on a range of subjects – from Greek drama to Roman Britain – at venues throughout the UK.

During the summer of 2015 David taught on the Ancient and Classical Worlds Summer School at The University of Cambridge, where he is a course tutor. He also directed his reconstruction of Euripides’ Alexandros for productions with aod (Actors of Dionysus)at Spruce Wood, Kingston, Allington Castle, Kent and the House of St. Barnabas, Soho, London – for photographs click here. In November his translation of Aristophanes Lysistrata will be performed by Stowe School. A touring production of the play is scheduled to be performed by aod in 2016. In February 2016, David will be lecturing at The British Museum, London and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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



The Sweetness of Honey is an audio CD of the poems of Sappho, produced by David and featuring his own translations, read by Fenella Fielding and Tamsin Shasha and set to music by Emma Hetherington and Rebecca Vučetić.

‘Who could possibly resist this? Charismatic, sensuous, sublime:

Imagine yourself under Sappho's silver moon, the warm wind

of her beloved Lesbos around you, the oak leaves shivering;

our poet and her lovely girls your companions. A lyrical delight.’

Bettany Hughes

To visit the Sappho page of this website, please click here.


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.