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Paul Anthony Cartledge (born 23 March 1947)[1] is the first A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University,[2][3] having previously held a personal chair in Greek History at Cambridge.

Cartledge was educated at St Paul's School[4] and New College, Oxford where he took his first degree and completed his doctoral thesis in Spartan archaeology in 1975 under Professor Sir John Boardman. After a period at the University of Warwick he moved in October 1979 to Cambridge University[5] where he is a fellow of Clare College.[6]

He is a world expert on Athens and Sparta in the Classical Age and has been described as a Laconophile. He was chief historical consultant for the BBC TV series The Greeks and the Channel 4 series The Spartans, presented by Bettany Hughes. He is also a holder of the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour and an Honorary Citizen of (modern) Sparta. Besides the Leventis Professorship, he holds a visiting Global Distinguished Professorship at New York University, funded by the Greek Parliament.[2]


  • Aristophanes And His Theatre of the Absurd (1989) Duckworth. ISBN 1853991147.
  • Nomos : Essays in Athenian Law, Politics and Society (1991) Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521370221 .
  • Spartan Reflections, a collection of essays new and revised (Duckworth 2001) ISBN 0-7156-2966-2.
  • Sparta and Lakonia (2nd edn. 2001).
  • Hellenistic and Roman Sparta (rev. edns 2002) (with A. Spawforth).
  • The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others (2nd ed, 2002), the product of research into Greek self-definition.
  • Kosmos: essays in Order, Conflict and Community in Classical Athens (coauthor Paul Millett) (2002) Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521525934
  • The Spartans: An Epic History (2nd ed, 2003).
  • Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past (2004).
  • Helots and Their Masters in Laconia and Messenia: Histories, Ideologies, Structures (2004) Center for Hellenic Studies. ISBN 0674012232.
  • Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World (2006). The Overlook Press. ISBN 1585675660.
  • Ancient Greek Political Thought in Practice (2009). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521454551


  1. ^ The Times birthdays, 23 March 2008
  2. ^ a b University of Cambridge News 7 October 2008
  3. ^ Cambridge University Reporter 11 June 2008
  4. ^ St Paul's School: Classics Department
  5. ^ Sophocles and the Greek Tragic Tradition, Cambridge University Press 2009 ISBN 978-0-521-88785-4 foreward by Paul Cartledge
  6. ^ Cambridge University Faculty of Classics

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Academic offices
Preceded by
None: new position
A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University
2008 -
Succeeded by


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