Barry Strauss received bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in history from Cornell University and Yale University. He has lived and studied in Greece, Germany, and Israel. He has traveled extensively in Italy, Turkey, Croatia, Cyprus, Jordan, and other countries with classical sites. He has also taken part in archaeological excavations. He speaks and reads seven foreign languages. Aside from a brief stint as a newspaper reporter, he has made his career as a college teacher. At Cornell, he is professor of history and classics.