Figueira, Thomas J. 1948-
FIGUEIRA, Thomas J. 1948-
PERSONAL: Born December 30, 1948, in New York, NY; son of Charles P. (a salesperson) and Marion (a social worker and case aide; maiden name, Gentile) Figueira; married Sarah George (a computer text editor), August 14, 1976; children: Elizabeth Anne, Julie Rose, Charles Francis. Education: Fordham University, B.A. (humanities), 1970; attended University of Chicago, 1970-72; University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. (ancient history), 1977. Politics: "Maverick Conservative." Religion: Roman Catholic.
CAREER: Stanford University, Stanford, CA, acting assistant professor of classics, 1977-78; Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, assistant professor of classics, 1978-79; Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, assistant professor, 1979-85, associate professor, 1985-90, professor of classics and ancient history, 1991-99, Professor (II) of Classics and Ancient History, 1999—. Visiting scholar, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, 1985-86.
MEMBER: American Philological Association, American Historical Association, Archaeological Institute of America, Association of Ancient Historians.
AWARDS, HONORS: Fulbright research fellowship, 1976-77; National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, 1981; Center for Hellenic Studies fellowship, Harvard University, 1982-83; research fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fund, 1984-85; grant from American Council of Learned Societies, 1985; travel grant, Exxon Education Foundation, 1985.
Aegina: Economy and Society, Arno (New York, NY), 1981.
(Editor, with Gregory Nagy) Theognis and Megara: Poetry and Polis, Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore, MD), 1985.
Athens and Aegina in the Age of Imperial Colonization, Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore, MD), 1991.
Excursions in Epichoric History, Rowman & Littlefield, 1993.
The Power of Money: Coinage and Politics in the Athenian Empire, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1998.
(With T. Corey Brennan, Rachel Hall Sternburg, and Julia Heskel) Wisdom from the Ancients: Enduring Business Lessons from Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and the Illustrious Leaders of Ancient Greece and Rome, edited by Julia Heskel, Perseus (Cambridge, MA), 2001.
Contributor to books, including Sparta: New Perspectives, edited by S. Hodkinson and A. Powell, 1999; contributor of articles and reviews to journals, including Transactions of the American Philological Association.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Aiakos: Myth and Cult; State University Gulag: Travels in the Rutgers Archipelago (tentative title).
SIDELIGHTS: Thomas J. Figueira told CA: "For a child who spent his formative years in Manhattan, Greek myths and history provided a passport to a richly textured world of experience. That cultural empowerment would have enriched any career, but it is my good fortune to have transformed my passion for the ancient world into a career that transcends vocation to become avocation. My early professional life has been devoted to writing on as many aspects of Greek culture as I could find time for out of my responsibilities as a teacher and colleague. Research, writing, and teaching are intimately conjoined functions in my life.
"Because I teach at a bureaucratized and politicized state university, the recovery and imparting of classical civic humanism becomes perforce a controversial endeavor. I find that much of my most eloquent prose appears in letters and documents on behalf of colleagues who are buffeted for their individuality, their unconventional views, and their commitment to their students by a depersonalized, custodial, and adversarial educational system. Over the last several years, my writing has begun to branch out from its disciplinary origins to include an exploration of educational realities and prospects, as well as the practical predicaments of the American academic. A project that will take on some of these writings has the working title State University Gulag: Travels in the Rutgers Archipelago.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Journal of Archaeology, October, 1999, Harold B. Mattingly, review of The Power of Money: Coinage and Politics in the Athenian Empire, p. 712.
Booklist, November 15, 2001, Eileen Hardy, review of Wisdom from the Ancients: Enduring Business Lessons from Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and the Illustrious Leaders of Ancient Greece and Rome, p. 530.
Classical Review, February, 1994, p. 331.
Classical World, January, 1999, p. 305.
Coin World, June 29, 1998, p. 80.
History: Review of New Books, winter, 1999, Richard M. Berthold, review of The Power of Money, p. 87.
Journal of Economic History, June, 2000, Michael Clark, review of The Power of Money, p. 546.
Mnenosyne, October, 2001, Richard J. Evans, review of The Power of Money, p. 619.
Religious Studies Review, January, 1999, p. 84.
Times Literary Supplement, December 15, 2000, Paul Millett, review of The Power of Money, p. 26.*