Barry Strauss, Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies and Chair of the Department of History at Cornell University, is an acclaimed historian and classicist and an award-winning teacher. He received his BA in history at Cornell and his PhD at Yale University in 1979. His primary interests are ancient history and military history, specifically that of Greece and Rome, and he is also interested in modern military history and in East Asian history. He has written many books, most recently Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership (Simon & Schuster, 2012). His Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter that Saved Greece — and Western Civilization (Simon & Schuster, 2004) was named one of the best books of 2004 by the Washington Post, Masters of Command was on Bloomberg’s list of the best books of 2012, and Spartacus War (Simon & Schuster, 2009) was named one of the favorite books of 2009 by Books & Culture. His books have been translated into nine languages. An avid rower, Professor Strauss published Rowing against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty in 1999. Professor Strauss is editor of The Princeton History of the Ancient World, a series of books to be published by Princeton University Press. He also sits on the editorial boards of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History; Historically Speaking: The Bulletin of the Historical Society; and The International Journal of the Classical Tradition. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the MacDowell Colony for the Arts, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Korea Foundation. Professor Strauss has been featured in more than a dozen television documentaries and frequently appears on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Channel. He has published op-ed pieces in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsday, on online sites such as The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and RealClearPolitics, and has been interviewed on NPR and the BBC. He was named an honorary citizen of the city of Salamis, Greece, in recognition of his highly regarded book, The Battle of Salamis.

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