Paul Cartledge
Agent(s): Julian Alexander

Paul Cartledge was the inaugural A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University of Cambridge, and President of Clare College, Cambridge. Between 2006 and 2010 he was Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the History and Theory of Democracy at New York University. He is an honorary citizen of modern Sparta and holds the Gold Cross of the Order of Honor awarded by the President of Greece.

Over the course of his distinguished career he has written and edited numerous books on the ancient Greek world, including Alexander the Great (Macmillan, 2004), Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction(OUP, 2011Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World(Macmillan, 2013) The Spartans (Macmillan, 2003) and After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars (OUP, 2013) which explores the Battle of Plataea in 479 BCE, one of world history’s unjustly neglected events. He has also served as historical consultant for the BBC television series The Greeks, and for four Channel 4 documentaries including The Spartans.

Democracy: A Life  (OUP, 2016) provides an authoritative and accessible history of this ancient political system. By drawing out the salient differences between ancient and modern forms of democracy Paul enables a richer understanding of both.

In Thebes: The Forgotten City of Ancient Greece (Picador, 2020), the acclaimed classical historian Paul Cartledge brings the city of Thebes vividly to life, and argues that it is central to our understanding of the ancient Greeks’ achievements – whether politically or culturally – and thus to our own culture and civilization.