'To write a standard history which contains the essential material and yet is interesting and says things which have not been said before is one of the hardest tasks. Hornblower has performed it excellently.' – Times Literary Supplement
'Hornblower's excellence as a historian, and his wide and responsible use of sources, together with attractive packaging, re-establishes the book's position as a benchmark for historians ... It is packed to the brim ... with an abundance of erudite observations.' – Scholia Reviews
About the Author
Simon Hornblower is Professor of Ancient History at University College London. He was previously a Fellow of Oriel College and Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford. His many publications in Greek history and classical civilization include Greek Historiography
(2000), A commentary on Thucydides
(1997), The Oxford Classical Dictionary
(edited with Antony Spawforth, 1996), and The Cambridge Ancient History Vol. VI: The Fourth Century BC
(edited with D. M. Lewis, John Boardman and Martin Ostwald, 1994).