2019
Fellow

Rebecca Frank

Harrison Family Foundation Jefferson Fellow
Seattle, Washington
Degrees:
B.A. St. Olaf College (2014)
M.A. University of Virginia (2016)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Classics

Bio:

Bio for Dinner: Rebecca Frank is a graduate student in the Department of Classics at the University of Virginia, where she is writing a dissertation entitled “Plutarch and the Delphic Oracle,” due to be completed in the next academic year. She has presented her research on Greek and Latin historiography during the Roman Imperial era at five international conferences, in addition to regional conference events, and has two single-author papers published, with a third forthcoming. In addition to her dissertation research, Rebecca also serves as the co-director of the finds lab for Cosa Excavations in Tuscany, Italy, where she will be returning this summer for her fifth season on the project. Next year, Rebecca will complete her dissertation with the support of the University of Virginia Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship. — Rebecca Frank is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Classics at the University of Virginia, where she is currently writing a dissertation entitled “Plutarch and the Delphic Oracle,” supervised by Professor Ivana Petrovic. Through her research she investigates the phenomenon of the Delphic oracle and oracular divination in the writings of Plutarch of Chaeronea, a Greek philosopher and priest of Delphi living from the mid first to early second centuries CE. She has presented her research on Greek and Latin historiography during the Roman Imperial era at five international conferences, in addition to regional conference events, and has two single-author articles published, with a third forthcoming. In addition to her dissertation research, Rebecca also has nine seasons of excavation experience, working at Antiochia ad Cragum in southern Turkey, the Via Consolare Project and the Pompeii Forum Project in Pompeii, and most recently at Cosa Excavations in southern Tuscany. She will be returning in 2019 to Cosa for her fifth season on the project, where she serves as the co-director of the finds lab. Rebecca graduated magna cum laude in 2014 from St. Olaf College, majoring in both classics and ancient studies, and received an M.A. in classics from the University of Virginia in 2016 with a thesis on the statue bases in the forum of Pompeii.

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