The Roman Spectacle

A Roman gladiatorial spectacle of magnificent proportions

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The Roman Spectacle

A Roman gladiatorial spectacle of magnificent proportions

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The Greek Kiln

Educating members, local schools, and local artists in the techniques, making, and firing of Greek style pottery

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International Archaeology Day

Providing the chance to indulge your inner Indiana Jones

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The Greek Kiln

Educating members, local schools, and local artists in the techniques, making, and firing of Greek style pottery

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Social Networks and Innovation in the Periclean Building Program

Lecture Details

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
Haury 216

Presenter: 

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.