Diane Cline

Diane Cline
Associate Professor
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient History

Diane Harris Cline is an associate professor of history at the George Washington University, and an ancient Greek historian and classical archaeologist. In her cross-disciplinary research, she is a pioneer in the digital humanities, applying social network analysis to study the social ties in ancient Greece.  Cline is the author of two books, The Treasures of the Parthenon and Erechtheion (Oxford) and The Greeks: An Illustrated History (National Geographic).  She has won two Fulbright awards for her research in Greece, where she also serves as an expert study leader for Smithsonian Journeys and National Geographic Expeditions.  With a B.A. in classics from Stanford and Ph.D. in classical archaeology from Princeton, Cline has taught a wide range of courses on Greek and Roman history, archaeology, religion, mythology, literature, and culture. She has won teaching awards at GWU, including the Columbian Prize for teaching and mentoring advanced undergraduate students in 2017 and the Morton A. Bender award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018. For her research Cline was a Fellow in Hellenic Studies at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies in the fall of 2018, and in spring 2019 she was a Fulbright Scholar in Greece at the University of Crete, Rethymno.


Ph.D., Classical Archaeology, Princeton University, 1991

M.A., Classical Archaeology, Princeton University, 1986

A.B., Classics, Stanford University, 1983


National Geographic’s The Greeks: An Illustrated History, National Geographic Press, 2016.

The Treasures of the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

“Entanglement, Materiality, and the Social Organization of Construction Workers in Classical Athens”, Ancient History and Contemporary Social Science, M. Canevaro, A. Erskine, B. Gray and J. Ober, (eds.), Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press (2018) 512-528. 

"The Amarna Letters: A Web of Interaction", Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 7:4 (2015) 58-60.

“Text Messages, Tablets, and Social Networks in the Late Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean: The Small World of the Amarna Letters” in Egypt and the Near East: Crossroads II. Proceedings of an International Conference on the Relations of Egypt and the Near East in the Bronze Age, ed. Jana Myrnarova et al., Charles University in Prague Press (2015) 17-44. Co-authored with Eric H. Cline.

“Six Degrees of Alexander: Social Network Analysis and Ancient History.” Ancient History Bulletin 26.1-2 (2012)

“Women and Sacred Property: The Evidence from Greek Inscriptions.” Women and Property in Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Societies, ed. Deborah Lyons and Raymond Westbrook. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies (2003).

"Broken Statues, Shattered Illusions: Mimesis and Bronze Body Parts on the Akropolis," From the Parts to the Whole, Volume 1: Acta of the 13th International Bronze Congress, held at Cambridge Massachusetts, May 28- June 1, 1996, ed. Mattusch, Brauer, and Knudsen, 135-141. Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary 39, no. 2 (2000).

"Archaic Athens and the Topography of the Kylonian Conspiracy." Annual of the British School at Athens (1999): 309-320.

The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millennium, Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Symposium, Cincinnati, 18-20 April 1997, co-edited with Eric H. Cline. Aegaeum 18. Annales s'archéologie égéenne de l'Université de Liège et UT-PASP. Liège, 1998. Co-authored "Prolegomena to the Cincinnati Conference" with Eric H. Cline.

"A Question of Standards: Metrology and the Parthenon Treasures." The Ancient History Bulletin 11.1 (1997): 30-36.

"The Archaeology of Greek Epigraphy." Atti dell'XI Congresso Internazionale di Epigrafia Greca e Latina, 191-194. Roma: Edizioni Quasar, 1997.

The Treasures of the Parthenon and the Erechtheion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

"Freedom of Information and Accountability: The Inventory Lists of the Parthenon." In Ritual, Finance, Politics, Athenian Democratic Accounts Presented to David Lewis, ed. Robin Osborne and Simon Hornblower, 213-225. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.

"Bronze Statues on the Athenian Acropolis: The Evidence of a Lycurgan Inventory." American Journal of Archaeology 96 (1992): 637-652.

"Thucydides 2.13.4 and the Inventory Lists." Horos 8 (1993): 75-82.

"Aias and Eurysakes on a Fourth-Century Honorary Decree from Salamis," with Dr. Carol Lawton. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 80 (1990): 109-115, pl. 2.

The Inventory Lists of the Parthenon Treasures. Ph.D. Diss. Princeton University, 1991.

"Nikokrates of Kolonos: Metal-Worker for the Parthenon Treasurers," Hesperia 57 (1988): 329-337, pl. 88.

Classes Taught

HIST 2006: Digital History

CLAS 2106: Mythology of the Classical World

HIST 2112, CLAS 2112: History of Greece: Early Aegean and Greece to 323 BC

HIST 3111: Topics in Ancient History

HIST 3111, CLAS 3111: Sport and Society in Ancient Greece

HIST 3115: Topics in Ancient Art and Archaeology

HIST 3117, CLAS 3117: Alexander the Great