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Diane Cline

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Diane Cline is associate professor of history at the George Washington University. Author of The Greeks: An Illustrated History (National Geographic 2016), her current research explores what factors made the ancient Greeks so creative and innovative, and how we might apply these in our own communities today.  She teaches courses about the history of Greece, with expertise on the city of Athens, Greek sanctuaries, Greek drama, and Greek biography.  Diane holds a B.A. from Stanford in Classics and a Ph.D. from Princeton in the Program in Classical Archaeology and has been a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. She served as the Summer Session Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 1997, and was a Fulbright scholar in 1987-8 at the American School, where she studied Greek inscriptions in the National Museum in Athens for her dissertation. In addition to The Greeks: An Illustrated History, Diane has published a number of articles and a book entitled The Treasures of the Parthenon and Erechtheion (Oxford University Press 1996). She has served as an expert on Smithsonian Journeys tours to the Mediterranean, including the Adriatic, the Aegean, and the Black Seas since 2001.

What Our Travelers Say

Enjoyed her lectures and chatting with her. Her latest research on the connections of the "greats" of antiquity with their contemporaries was fascinating.

- Clara Z., A Cruise to Ancient Greece and Turkey

Her lectures integrated historical periods and helped to bring life to ancient times.

- John G., A Cruise to Ancient Greece and Turkey

Very informative and knowledgeable. A real asset to this trip.

- Thomas T., A Cruise to Ancient Greece and Turkey

Upcoming Tours

A Cruise to Ancient Greece

9 days | Starting at: $4,695
Oct 4, 2018 - Oct 12, 2018

Aboard the Five-Star Le Lapèrouse
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