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Author David Stuttard at the Heffers Classic Festival in Cambridge

The Heffers Classics Festival in Cambridge

Saturday 2nd November 2013, 9:30-18:00

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Heffers are hosting the annual Heffers Classics Festival with a wealth of celebrities from the worlds of Classics Fact and Fiction.

Be transported back to the ancient world with experts, historians and comedians, as we explore everything from long-forgotten cities, heroes and gods, detectives and villains to current exhibitions

This dynamic day long Festival celebrates the Classical World. The programme is a diverse celebration of all that the Classical world has to offer. The programme this year runs over three streams: facts for the academic historians, philosophers and students; fiction for those of you who like your history stories set in the Classical period and, finally, something for our younger friends with storytelling and interactive fun.

Talking at the event is David Stuttard, author of Power Games: Ritual and Rivalry at the Ancient Olympic Games and co-author of AD410: The Year That Shook Rome and 31 BC: Antony and Cleopatra and the Fall of Egypt.

David will be talking about Greek Tragedy at the Classics Festival, from 3:15-4:15.

David’s new book Parthenon: Power and Politics on the Acropolis is published by British Museum Press this month. Parthenon takes the reader through the dramatic story of the conception and creation of the Parthenon, setting it against a turbulent historical background and rooting the building firmly in the real and mythological landscape of Athens. Written as a pacy, narrative history, the text features a cast of memorable characters, including Themistocles, the general whose decision to evacuate Athens led to the Persian sack of the acropolis; Pericles, visionary statesman and mastermind of the Athens’ building project; and Pheidias, who created the cult statue of Athene, and narrowly escaped impeachment for embezzlement.

Beautifully illustrated with evocative site photography, details from the Parthenon sculptures and other related artworks from the superb collection of the British Museum, this book explores the Parthenon as the spiritual heart of a network of commanding buildings, devised by Pericles and continued by his successors to promote the power of Athens as leader of the Greek world.

Visit the Heffers events page for further details about the Festival and how to book.

Or you can go straight to the ticket page here.

Click here to pre-order David Stuttard’s Parthenon on the British Museum’s website now.

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