Barry S. Strauss

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Barry S. Strauss is a Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University and chair of its history department. He is an expert on ancient military history and has written or edited numerous books, including The Battle of Salamis (2004), The Trojan War (2006), and The Spartacus War (2009). His books have been translated into six languages.

Strauss holds a B.A. from Cornell and a Ph.D. from Yale and has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the MacDowell Colony for the Arts, the Korea Foundation, and the Killam Foundation of Canada. He is Director of Cornell's Program on Freedom and Free Societies and past Director of its Peace Studies Program.[1]

He lives in Ithaca, New York.


Author or co-author
  • Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership (2012)
  • Western Civilization, Beyond Boundaries, Volume 2: Since 1560 (6th Edition, 2009); with Thomas F. X. Noble, Duane Osheim, Kristen Neuschel, Elinor Accampo, David D. Roberts, and William B. Cohen.
  • Athens After the Peloponnesian War: Class, Faction, and Policy, 403-386 B.C. (1987); Cornell University Press.
  • The Anatomy of Error: Ancient Military Disasters and Their Lessons for Modern Strategists (1990); Co-author: Josiah Ober.
  • Fathers and Sons in Athens: Ideology and Society in the Era of the Peloponnesian War (1993); Routledge.
  • Rowing Against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty Scribner (1999). ISBN 978-0-684-84321-6
  • The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece — and Western Civilization (2004); Simon & Schuster (Named one of the best books of 2004 by the Washington Post).
  • The Trojan War: A New History (2006); Simon & Schuster.
  • The Spartacus War (2009); Simon & Schuster.
Editor or co-editor
  • Hegemonic Rivalry: From Thucydides to the Nuclear Age (1991; Series: New Approaches to Peace and Security); Co-edited with R. New Lebow.
  • War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (2001), East Gate Books Co-edited with David R. McCann.


  1. ^ Cody, Paul (July 9, 1998), “Classicist and historian studies that elusive thing called peace”, Cornell Chronicle.

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