Department of History

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  • Thomas J. Figueira
  • Professor II of Classics and of Ancient History
  • Degree: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers Since 1979
  • Specialty: Ancient and Medieval European History
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  • Office: 312 Lucy Stone Hall
  • Phone: 732-445-6372
  • Office 2: 202 Van Dyck Hall
  • Phone 2: 848-932-8218

Other Degrees:

  • B.A., Fordham University


Thomas Figueira has been an active scholar in the fields of Greek history and literature, publishing on the history of the cities of Aegina, Athens, Megara, and Sparta, as well as on coinage, colonization, demography, and trade. He is currently working on a number of topics, including Attic demography; the Athenian tribute system; the economy of Sparta; the hero Aiakos; and the genesis of the democratic mind.



  • 510:201: Ancient Greece
  • 510:202: Ancient Rome
  • 510:300: Greek and Roman Slavery
  • 510:301: Early Greece
  • 510:302: Classical Greece
  • 510:303: The Hellenistic World
  • 510:304: The Rise of the Roman Republic
  • 510:307: Ancient Cultural and Intellectual History
  • 510:320: Women in Antiquity
  • 510:403: Ancient Warfare and Diplomacy


  • Courses in Greek, Latin, and Ancient History in the Classics Department


  • The Power of Money: Coinage and Politics in the Athenian Empire (University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia 1998)
  • T.J. Figueira, T.C. Brennan, and R.H. Sternberg, Wisdom from the Ancients: Enduring Business Lessons from Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and The Illustrious Leaders of Ancient Greece and Rome (Perseus Press, Boston 2001)
  • "The Evolution of the Messenian Identity," in Sparta: New Perspectives, S. Hodkinson & A. Powell, eds. (Swansea 1999) 211-44
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  • Research Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1984-85
  • Research Fellowship, Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University), Washington,
  • D.C., 1982-83
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship to Greece, 1976-77


  • Association of Ancient Historians
  • American Historical Association
  • American Philological Association
  • Archaeological Institute of America.

Upcoming Events

Tue Dec 06 @ 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Evelyn Saavedra Autry: RCHA Seminar
Fri Dec 09 @ 9:00AM - 02:30PM
Anthony di Battista: High School Teachers Institute
Tue Dec 13 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Alison Hight: RCHA Seminar
Wed Dec 14 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
History Faculty Meeting
Wed Jan 18 @ 9:30AM - 12:00PM
History Faculty Meeting
Fri Feb 03 @ 9:00AM - 02:30PM
Nicole Burrowes: High School Teachers Institute


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