The Monmouth College Department of Classics  presents
the Twenty-Seventh Annual
Bernice L. Fox Classics Lecture

This lecture series was established in 1985 to honor Dr. Bernice L. Fox, who taught Classics at Monmouth College from 1947 until 1981. The goal of this series is to illustrate the continuing importance of Classical studies in the modern world and the intersection of the Classics with other disciplines in the liberal arts.

Tuna in Ancient Greece
and Modern Tuna Population Decline


Daniel B. Levine

 Professor of Classics
the University of Arkansas

Detailed Description
Biography of Daneil Levine

This lecture considers the nature of tuna, and the names ancient Greeks used for them.  We shall discuss "opsophagy," the passionate ancient Greek love of fish consumption in general, and look at some of the ways the Greeks ate tuna, including ancient recipes and cooking tips.  We will consider the tuna's migration through the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, and ancient methods of their capture, including tuna towers staffed with "thunnoskopoi," the tuna spotters. We shall consider questions of the relation of tuna to the gods, and whether they were offered as sacrificial animals, and look at what the Greeks called the "gadfly" (oistros) the most common tuna parasite, which so impressed Aristotle. Tuna were prominent iconographic features on the ancient coins of Cyzicus by the Black Sea, and on those of Gades (on the Atlantic), where their migrations took them, and where they were harvested for great profit.  Their popularity and pursuit continue today, resulting in greatly reduced populations in the Mediterranean, and an uncertain chance of survival, especially for the North Atlantic Bluefin.


 7:30 P.M.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Wells Theatre

Monmouth College
Monmouth, Illinois

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