Biography for Daniel B. Levine, Fox Lecturer, 2012:  Monmouth College


Daniel B. Levine, Professor of Classical Studies. University of Arkansas


Full vita:


Professor Daniel B. Levine studied Classics at the University of Minnesota, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and the University of Cincinnati before coming to the University of Arkansas — where he has taught Classics for thirty-one years.  


He has won several awards for teaching, and has published essays on the Odyssey, as well as on Theognis of Megara, Josephus, Aristophanes, Euripides, Sophocles, Lucian, the Homeric Biographical Tradition, Oak and Acorns, the comic strip Alley Oop, Rita Mae Brown’s Southern Discomfort, the notion of “Counterfeit Man” in Greek Lyric poetry, and the Erotics of Feet in Ancient Greece.  In 2010 his latest essay appeared in the International Journal of the Classical Tradition: “Josef Kavalier’s Odyssey: Homeric Echoes in Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.


Professor Levine has led twelve study tours in Greece: eight times for the University of Arkansas, once for the Virgilian Society, and three times as Summer Session Director for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.


His interest in “Tuna in Ancient Greece” began in 2006, when his former student Christine Ilene Panas asked him to speak about ancient tuna at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, on behalf of the American Institute of Wine and Food, He dedicates this lecture to Ms. Panas, and to international efforts to help preserve the blue fin tuna from extinction.