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Barry Strauss

Barry Strauss is a classicist, military and naval historian, and consultant. As the series editor of the Princeton History of the Ancient World and author of eight books on ancient history, Strauss is a recognized authority on the subject of leadership and the lessons that can be learned from the experiences of the greatest political and military leaders of the ancient world, including Caesar, Hannibal, Alexander, among many others.

Strauss is a former director of Cornell’s Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, where he studied modern engagements from Bosnia to Iraq and from Afghanistan to Europe. An expert on military strategy, Strauss is a former chair of Cornell’s Department of History. He is currently director as well as a founder of Cornell’s Program on Freedom and Free Societies, which investigates challenges to constitutional liberty at home and abroad. He holds fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Korea Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, among others, and is the recipient of Cornell’s Clark (now Russell) Award for Excellence in Teaching. In recognition of his scholarship, he received he received the Lucio Colletti Journalism Prize for literature and was named an Honorary Citizen of Salamis, Greece.

Strauss's Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece—and Western Civilization (Simon & Schuster) was named one of the best books of 2004 by the Washington Post. His Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership (Simon & Schuster) was named one of the best books of 2012 by Bloomberg. His 2015 The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination (Simon & Schuster) was called “clear and compelling” by Time, “brilliant” by the Wall Street Journal, “engrossing, exhaustive yet surprisingly easy to read” by Barrons, and “an absolutely marvelous read” by The Times of London. His forthcoming Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine (Simon & Schuster, March 2019) has been hailed as “lively,” “captivating,” and “essential reading for Romanophiles and for everyone who seeks to understand the most formidable personalities of the Roman Empire.”

He is the creator of the popular new podcast series, ANTIQUITAS: Leaders and Legends of the Ancient World.