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With a background in classics and drama, David is a writer and lecturer, who also works as a director, theatre dramaturg and workshop leader. To see his full biography, please click here.

Current World Archaeology writes: ‘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.’

David’s A History of Ancient Greece in 50 Lives comes out later this year. Historian Bettany Hughes has already written of it: ’A few great men operating in isolation – too often this is the way ancient Greece is described to us. Stuttard puts the very greatest into their historical, political and cultural contexts and coaxes some of the lesser known centre stage. Compelling, sympathetic, revelatory and charismatic – a vital volume.’

Recent, Current and Forthcoming

David’s Parthenon, Power and Politics on the Acropolis (‘an atmospheric account of Europe’s greatest classical structure’, The Independent) is now out. A History of Ancient Greece in 50 Lives and Looking at Medea (‘A wonderfully accessible guide to a dazzling play. David Stuttard's introduction and translation, along with critical essays by twelve different scholars, offer richly varied ways of looking at Medea’, Pat Easterling, editor The Cambridge Companion to Greek Theatre) will both be published in 2014.

David has recently directed a CD for aod of songs inspired by Sappho and readings of her poetry. Described by Bettany Hughes as ‘charismatic, sensuous, sublime: a lyrical delight’, it will be released later in 2014. Click here to go to the dedicated page and hear one of the songs.

Also in 2014 David will talk at the British Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the York Festival of Ideas, direct an open air performance of Trojan Women and take part in both a Greek drama conference at the British Museum organised by the OCR Examination Board and a Classics in the City event at London’s City Hall. For dates and details 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.


To hear one of the poems read by Fenella Fielding, click ‘play’.