Nemesis tells the story of this extraordinary life and the turbulent world that alcibiades set out to conquer david stuttard recreates ancient athens at the height of its glory as he follows alcibiades from childhood to political power outraged by alcibiades celebrity lifestyle his enemies sought every chance to undermine him. Nemesis alcibiades and the fall of athens written by david stuttard in polis the journal for ancient greek and roman political thought author pj rhodes 1 nemesis alcibiades and the fall of athens written by david stuttard in polis the journal for ancient greek and roman political thought e issn 2051 2996. Starting with the alcmaeonids alcibiades ancestors and tracing how athens flourished as an empire builder to the birth of alcibiades himself stuttard does an excellent job of world building that allows the reader to grasp what athens was really like its politics religion and how the peloponnesian war came to. Is it any wonder that alcibiades made so many enemies author david stuttards description in his newest book nemesis alcibiades and the fall of athens captures perfectly the allure of the athenian general a chameleonic character who for all his qualities will always be remembered as one of the slipperiest statesmen in history 1
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