• Thomas J. Figueira
  • Thomas J. Figueira
  • Distinguished Professor 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: 15 Seminary Place, 6th Floor
  • Phone: 732-932-9246
  • 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


  • Aegina (Arno Press [New York Times Books], New York 1981; repr. 1982, 1986, 1998 Ayer)
  • Athens and Aigina in the Age of Imperial Colonization* (The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 1991)
  • Excursions in Epichoric History (Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD 1993)
  • The Power of Money: Coinage and Politics in the Athenian Empire (University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia 1998; E-book: 2010)
  • 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)


  • 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
  • Society for Classical Studies
  • Archaeological Institute of America.