Susan Bird began work as a draughtsman on archaeological digs at numerous sites in Greece, Iran, Italy, Cyprus and Belize. She then became the illustrator in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at The British Museum u a post she occupied for twenty years. She now works as a freelance illustrator, ceramicist and painter. Dr Susan Woodford teaches Greek and Roman art at the University of London and carries out research for the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at The British Museum. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books for the general reader, including The Parthenon, An Introduction to Greek Art and, most recently, Images of Myths in Classical Antiquity.