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Daniel William Leon Ruiz

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Contact Information

4047 Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Building
707 S Mathews Ave
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Hours

Fall 2023: Wed. 10:30-11:30 AM, Thurs. 2:00-3:00 PM, and by appointment
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies


Daniel W. Leon (B.A. Macalester College, M.A. University of Michigan, Ph.D. University of Virginia) is an Associate Professor of Classics. His main area of research is Greek and Roman historical narrative, particularly as it reflects intercultural relations and the political uses of the past. Additional interests include Hellenistic history, Roman Egypt, epigraphy, papyrology, and medieval Greek scholarship. His first book, Arrian the Historian: Writing the Greek Past in the Roman Empire (University of Texas Press, 2021) uses Arrian of Nicomedia as a case study to examine the role of specialized historical research within the intellectual culture of the Roman Empire. A second book will focus on the reign of Philip Arrhidaeus and explore the symbolic significance of this understudied Macedonian king both throughout antiquity and in the context of modern Greek nationalism. 

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Classics

Recent Publications

Leon, D. W. (2021). Arrian the Historian: Writing the Greek Past in the Roman Empire. (Classics and the Ancient World Endowment). University of Texas Press.

Leon, D. W. (2019). Arrian's Scythian logos. Mnemosyne, 72(4), 550-560.

Leon, D. W. (2019). Introduction: Plutarch and Gender. Illinois classical studies, 44(1), 138-140.

Leon, D. W. (2019). Performing Masculinity in Plutarch's Life of Pyrrhus. Illinois classical studies, 44(1), 177-193.

Leon Ruiz, D. W., & Rask, K. A. (2019). New Light on Arrian's Praenomen through Digital Epigraphy. Histos, 13, 34-52.

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