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Levine's Fox Lecture to focus on tuna in ancient Greece

02/28/2012
Daniel Levine, professor of classical studies at the University of Arkansas, will deliver Monmouth College’s 27th annual Bernice L. Fox Classics Lecture on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wells Theater.

Titled “Tuna in Ancient Greece and Modern Tuna Population Decline,” the lecture is free and open to the public.

“The ancient peoples of the Mediterranean valued tuna immensely,” says Levine. “They delighted in its taste and profited by its harvest. They wrote about them, drew their pictures and inscribed their images on coins.”

Levine will discuss poets and playwrights inspired by the sea creature, and he will also compare and contrast ancient times to the present day:

“The main difference between then and now consists of our present power to put an end to the existence of the species, due to two characteristics we share with the ancient Greeks: we love to eat the best fish, and we are clever hunters.”

Levine studied classics at the University of Minnesota, the American School of Classical Studies in Greece and the University of Cincinnati before coming to the University of Arkansas, where he has taught for 31 years. He has won several awards for his teaching, has published numerous essays and has led 12 study tours in Greece.

Established in 1985, the lecture honors the late Bernice L. Fox, who taught classics at Monmouth from 1947 until 1981. The goal of the 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.