Archaeological Institute of America Lecture Series Spring 2017
Diane Harris Cline, Associate Professor of History and Classics; Director of the GW Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Initiative, Office of the Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation, The George Washington University
Social networks are an important factor for fostering creativity and innovation, back in ancient Greece and today. Such networks allow people to efficiently find the resources and partners they need and help new ideas catch on and spread. The ancient Greeks were remarkably innovative -- what was their secret? What can we learn from them to make our own communities more creative? Social networks are an important part of our lives. We all live in nested networks -- our family, friends, their friends, our co-workers, our social organizations, hobbies, schools, associations – these are all networks. Ancient Greeks lived in social networks too, and social network analysis is a tool that enables us to see these ties between citizens in the ancient city and understand how ideas could spread and innovations take hold. In this richly illustrated lecture, we will learn how the ancient Greeks became so creative, innovative, and influential. Examples will be drawn from her original research projects featuring studies of Pericles, Socrates, and Alexander the Great.
Co-Sponsored by the AIA, the School of Anthropology, and the Departments of History and Classics