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Dana Fields, PhD,
Princeton University, Department of Classics

Dana Fields received her PhD in Classics from Princeton University in 2009. Her primary research interests lie in the cultural, intellectual, and political history of the Greek speaking Roman Empire, but she also works on ancient literature and culture more broadly.

Dana’s current book project, which she is developing from her dissertation, focuses on the complex significance of free and frank speech in Imperial Greek writings. She argues that the concept of frank speech (parrhesia in Greek) provides Roman-era Greeks with a particularly useful tool to negotiate their relationship to the Greek past, especially that of Classical Athens, enabling them to emphasize both similarities and differences simultaneously. Frank speech also plays an increasingly crucial part in ethical self-definition in this period, with great implications for both philosophy and local Greek politics, as seen the in the works of authors such as Plutarch, Dio Chrysostom, Epictetus, and Lucian.

Her other ongoing projects include articles on self-reflexive invective in ancient satire, and the relationship between narrative and sexuality in the Greek novel “Leucippe and Clitophon.” Dana’s newest research examines the use of animals as political metaphors throughout ancient Greek and Roman literature.

Before joining the Society of Fellows in 2010, Dana taught in the Department of Classics at Princeton, the Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London, and the Classics Department of Columbia University. In 2010-2011 she is teaching Literature Humanities.

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