Richard Billows is a professor of history at Columbia University. His specialty is the Classical Mediterranean, especially the Hellenistic World post-Alexander. He holds an undergraduate degree in History from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His scholarly works include Antigonos the One-Eyed and the Creation of the Hellenic State, and "Marathon - How One Battle Changed Western Civilization". He has long taught Columbia's undergraduate survey course in Ancient Greek History.