Professor Thomas Figueira was born on Broadway in Manhattan and educated in the public schools of New York City and Poughkeepsie, New York. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Bensalem College of Fordham University in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977. He is a Distinguished Professor of Classics and of Ancient History at Rutgers, where he teaches courses in ancient history, Greek, Latin, and classical civilization in the departments of History and Classics and in interdisciplinary programs. He has taught over fifty different courses. He is the author of Aegina (1981), Athens and Aigina in the Age of Imperial Colonization (1991), Excursions in Epichoric History (1993), The Power of Money: Coinage and Politics in the Athenian Empire (1998), co-author of Wisdom from the Ancients (2001); editor of Spartan Society (2004), Myth, Text, and History at Sparta (2016), and co-editor of Theognis of Megara: Poetry and the Polis (1985), Athenian Hegemonic Finances (2019), Ethnicity and Identity in Herodotus (2020) among other volumes. In his areas of interest in Greek history and literature, he has written numerous articles, chapters, contributions, and reviews, that number over one hundred-fifty in their totality.