Perhaps the best-known classical scholar in Germany and one of the greatest contemporary historians of the Ancient World, Christian Meier is currently Emeritus Professor of Ancient History at the University of Munich. His work has shed new light on the political and social life of ancient Athens and Rome, and in particular the late Roman Republic. His vast and ground-breaking oeuvre ranges from a masterful biography of Caesar to his definitive account of Athens in the age of Pericles and Socrates. He has also examined the political dynamics of theatre in ancient Greece, illuminating the complex ways in which the content and performance of the works of tragedians such as Aeschylus not only reflected Greek democratic thought, but also overlapped with its practice. This is the subject of his compelling Polity book The Political Art of Greek Tragedy.