Paul Cartledge


Paul Cartledge is an internationally recognised expert of Greek history and the preeminent world expert on Sparta. He was the inaugural A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at 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 Honour awarded by the President of Greece.

Over the course of his distinguished career, he has written an edited numerous books on the subject, including Alexander the Great, Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction (OUP); Thermopylae; The Spartans; After Thermopylae; and Democracy: A Life. In his most recent title, Thebes, he argues that this forgotten city was central to our understanding of the ancient Greek’s achievements, and thus to our own culture and civilization. He has also served as historical consultant for the BBC television series The Greeks, and for four Channel 4 documentaries including The Spartans.