Diane Cline

Diane Harris Cline

Associate Professor of History and Classics
Phillips Hall 310
Address: 801 22nd St. NW
Phone: 202-994-5339


Diane Harris Cline is an ancient Greek historian who is also deeply committed to the development of GWU’s initiative to support innovation through cross-disciplinary collaboration.  Author of National Geographic’s The Greeks: An Illustrated History (2016), she teaches ancient Greek history as well as digital history and digital humanities at GW. With her B.A. in Classics from Stanford and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Princeton, Her current Classics research focus is on the application of social network analysis to the study of ancient history as a method for uncovering the relationships in classical Athens. In addition to her faculty role in the GWU History department, she also serves as Director of the Director of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration Initiative now called XD@GW. Under the Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation she founded and directs the XD@GW Faculty Cooperative that has over 250 fellows including  faculty members, museum curators, and librarians. Her passion is “network weaving”: finding people with similar intellectual interests but who are in diverse departments and serving as a bridge to bring them together. Diane is also a cellist with the Washington Sinfonietta.


Ph.D. 1991 Princeton University, Department of Art and Archaeology, Program in  Classical Archaeology. M.A. 1986 Princeton University, Department of Art and Archaeology, Program in Classical Archaeology.


“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 Archaelogy 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

CLAS 2106 Classical Mythology

CLAS 2112 Early Aegean & Greek Civ-338BC

HIST 2112 Early Aegean & Greek Civ-338BC

CLAS 3115 Topics in Ancient Literature and Civilization (Alexander the Great)