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, Professor 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. An expert on military strategy, Strauss is a former chair of Cornell University’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 is the recipient of Cornell’s Clark (now Russell) Award for Excellence in Teaching. In recognition of his scholarship, he received the Lucio Colletti Journalism Prize for literature and he was named an Honorary Citizen of Salamis, Greece.
His book 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. He is the creator of the popular new podcast series, ANTIQUITAS: Leaders and Legends of the Ancient World.
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