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The Life of Alcibiades: Dangerous Ambition and the Betrayal of Athens

Jacqueline de Romilly


This biography of Alcibiades, the charismatic Athenian statesman and general (c. 450–404 BC) who achieved both renown and infamy during the Peloponnesian War, is both an extraordinary adventure story and a cautionary tale that reveals the dangers that political opportunism and demagoguery pose to democracy. As the book documents, Alcibiades' life is one of wanderings and vicissitudes, promises and disappointments, brilliant successes and ruinous defeats. Born into a wealthy and powerful family in Athens, Alcibiades was a student of Socrates and disciple of Pericles, and he seemed destined to d ... More

Keywords: Alcibiades, Athenian statesman, Peloponnesian War, Athens, exile, scandal, leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501719752
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501719752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline de Romilly, author