Professor Daniel Levine Awarded 2024 Aristeia Award for Distinguished Alumni/ae for 2024

Daniel Levine (left) and participants of the 2022 Thanatopsis Summer Seminar listen to a site report by seminar member Trinity Rosa (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) at the Ploutonion at Eleusis.
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Daniel Levine (left) and participants of the 2022 Thanatopsis Summer Seminar listen to a site report by seminar member Trinity Rosa (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) at the Ploutonion at Eleusis.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens has awarded Daniel Levine, University Professor of classical studies and world languages, the Aristeia Award for Distinguished Alumni/ae for 2024.

The purpose of the Aristeia Award is to honor living alumni/ae of the ASCSA who have provided exceptional service to the School and who have contributed in an extraordinary way to the School's mission in any or all of the following areas: teaching, research, archaeological exploration, and publication.

As an undergraduate student, professor Levine was a member of the school's 1974 Summer Session. Thus, including the five summer programs he led for the American School of Classical Studies (1987, 1995, 2006, 2018, 2022) he has participated in six of the School's summer programs — in six different decades.

Levine's other service to the American School includes having served on a wide array of committees, election to a three-year term as President of the Alumni/ae Association, and helping to secure donations to support the American School's excavations in the Athenian Agora and at Corinth.

As a classical studies professor at the University of Arkansas since 1980, Levine has taught courses in Ancient Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, as well as 11 years on the teaching team for the Honors Humanities Project (H2P). Since coming to the University of Arkansas, he has won several local and national awards for service and teaching excellence, published over 50 articles, book chapters, and reviews, and presented over 60 scholarly papers. Professor Levine has led 17 study tours in Greece: 11 times for the University of Arkansas, once for the Virgilian Society, and five times as Summer Session director for the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

University Professor Daniel Levine surrounded by other participants in Greece
Daniel Levine (bottom, center) with Members of the Thanatopsis Summer Seminar at the farewell dinner at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. June 2022.

Levine expressed his gratitude to the American School of Classical Studies in Athens on receiving the Aristeia Award for 2024, saying: "My association with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens over the last fifty years has helped me immeasurably in scholarship, service and teaching. The experiences the School's programs gave me have made it possible for me to create and co-direct eleven outstanding study abroad programs for University of Arkansas students.

'Every course I teach at the University of Arkansas has benefitted from what I learned as a Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens," he said. "Research I conducted in the outstanding Blegen Library of the American School of Classical Studies has resulted in publications and conference presentations.

"The opportunity to work closely with scholars from all over the world at the School has resulted in lifelong friendships and collaborations which I dearly cherish. I like to think that I have passed on to my students and others the many gifts that the School has given to me.

"To have received the recognition of the Aristeia Award from the Alumni/ae Association of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is one of the happiest experiences of my professional life," Levine said. "I am grateful to the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences for being a Contributing Institution to the American School of Classical Studies, and for supporting two of my Off-Campus Duty Assignments that involved research in Athens as a Senior Associate Member at the School."

About The American School of Classical Studies at Athens: For 140 years, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens has served American post-graduate education as one of the preeminent overseas research institutions devoted to the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture from antiquity to the present day. The broad mission of the School has remained constant over its distinguished history: teaching, research, archaeological exploration, publication, and dissemination of research.

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