The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy was an avid reader of the Greek and Latin classics. In this interview, Dr Alexei Zadorozhny of the University of Liverpool tells us how and why Tolstoy drew on the work of the Greek historian Plutarch in his great novel War and Peace, which he was writing in the 1860s.

Follow this link to watch our interview!

(ps. You can also watch Alexei give a longer lecture on the topic of ‘Ancient Heroism and Russian Ideology in Tolstoy’s War and Peace’ on the Institute of Advanced Studies website.)