“A great leader has the heart of a visionary and the hands of a manager.”

Barry Strauss speaks frequently around the country and has addressed audiences in a wide variety of corporate, institutional, and educational settings from America’s premier venues to Universities.

For more information on booking Barry as a speaker contact: [email protected].

Upcoming Speeches
Selected Past Speeches


  • "The Greek Voyage: From Antiquity to Today,” a panel organized by The Permanent Mission of Greece to the UN Office and other International Organizations at Geneva (March 25)
  • Book Launch: The War that Made the Roman Empire,” Chats in the Stacks, Cornell University. (Ithaca, NY), March 24
  • “An Evening with Barry Strauss, author of The Trojan War: A New History,” Hudson Library & Historical Society. (Hudson, OH), February 23


  • “Julius Caesar,” in The End of Empires and the Fall of Nations, Classical Wisdom’s Symposium for 2021, August 22.
  • Keynote Speaker, Fall Conference, ACTA (American Council of Trustees and Alumni) Washington, DC, September 5.


  • “Ten Caesars,” Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich, June 24.
  • “Salamis and Actium,” “Salamis and Democracy, 2,500 Years After,” international conference on the 2500th Anniversary of the Battles of Salamis and Thermopylae, organized under the sponsorship of the President of the Greek Republic in Athens, Greece, October 3.
  • “Behind Enemy Lines,” Tocqueville Forum, Georgetown University, October 15.
  • “War in a Tough Neighborhood: The Mediterannean Then and Now,” Joint Special Operations University, October 21.


  • Book talks on Ten Caesars:
    • Catholic University, April 5.
    • Smithsonian Institution, June 12.
    • Union Club (New York City), June 17
    • Bryant Park Reading Room, June 18.
    • Kansas City Public Library, June 20.
    • Chats in the Stacks, Olin Library, Cornell, September 11.
    • Cornell Club NYC, Cornell Club Westchester, September 16-17.



  • “How the Romans Learned to Love Peace without it Loving them Back,” Cornell University, September 7.
  • “Julius Caesar and the Genius of Leadership,” Distinguished Lecture Series, Indiana University Bloomington, September 14.
  • “Hadrian as Leader,” Casa Italiana, NYU, October 10.
  • "Nero and Caligula," University of Mary Washington, April 4
  • "How Leaders Can Gain Competitive Advantage Through Lessons From History," Commonwealth Club, April 13
  • "Applying Lessons from Ancients to Modern Business Culture," Talks at Google, April 20


  • “Commentator, Panel on the Ides of March,” Society for Classical Studies, annual meeting, January 8
  • “The Trustworthiness of Ancient Sources,” Hillsdale College, February 2
  • “The Death of Caesar,” Skidmore College, March 24
  • "Colloquium on the the role of military history in contemporary conflict," Hoover Institute’s Washington Office, April 5
  • "Dinner talk – Lessons of Leadership," Center for European Policy Analysis, April 7
  • “What do Allies do when they See their Patron Falter? A Lesson from Rome,” Center for European Policy Analysis, April 8
  • “The Death of Caesar," St. John Fisher College, April 14
  • "The Death of Caesar," Chalke Valley History Festival, July 1
  • "Discovering the truth about the death of Caesar," Cambridge University, July 5
  • "Caesar, Shakespeare and Us: From Ancient History to Modern Legened," Cambridge University, July 6
  • "Great Strategic Rivalries: Rome Versus Carthage," Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment, December 5


  • “The Death of Caesar,” Penn Museum, Cooper Union, Center for a New American Security (Washington), Kansas City Public Library
  • “Hannibal,” Chappell Lecture Series, University of Mary Washington
  • “The Use and Abuse of Ancient Naval Theory by Modern Naval Theorists,” Free University, Berlin, May
  • “The Death of Caesar,” at the following venues: Cornell Adult University, Wednesday Lecture Series, July 22
  • Russell Lecture, History, Alfred University, September 10
  • Keynote Address, Classical Association of the Empire State, October 23
  • Inaugural Speaker, Mitzi Sutton Rusekoff ’54 Lecture, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell Club (NYC), November 12


  • “Spartacus,” 2014 Chappell Lecture Series, University of Mary Washington, April 10
  • Book Presentation, Bibliotheca Malatestiana, Cesena, Italy, July 5
  • Annual Kimon Friar Lecture, American College of Greece, Athens, Greece, October 12


  • Annual “Villa Council Presents” Lecturer, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA
  • Keynote Speaker, International History Festival èStoria - Gorizia (Italy)
  • Invited Speaker, International Gallipoli Symposium, Çanakkale, Turkey

“Barry is a superb communicator. His style was honed by a long career as a star university teacher. His courses at Cornell are justly famous. In every talk he gives, Strauss combines deep thought and careful analysis with a highly accessible and dynamic speaking style.”
Josiah Ober, Professor of Political Science and of Classics at Stanford University.

“There is an energetic attitude that infuses Barry’s presentations with a palpable sense of enthusiasm for his subjects -- a sentiment that is instantly reciprocated by the audience. His ability to establish such rapport is truly extraordinary.”
William B. Crawley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Mary Washington.

“Barry’s session on leadership lessons from famous figures through history was captivating and wonderfully well received. His skills and insights on taking these events from the past and making them relevant for modern leaders was masterful.”
Daniel Szpiro, Dean, School of Professional Programs & Assistant Vice President at Marist College.

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