Smithsonian Journeys Experts

Diane Harris Cline

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Diane Cline is an Associate Professor of History at George Washington University, where she teaches courses on the archaeology, history, and culture of the ancient Greek civilization. Her current research investigates the social networks through which innovative ideas could flow in ancient Greece. She has studied the social networks of Alexander the Great, Pericles, Socrates, and the vase painters of ancient Athens. Diane holds a B.A. from Stanford in Classics, and a Ph.D. from Princeton in the Program in Classical Archaeology and lived in Athens for three years as a member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens while studying Greek inscriptions for her dissertation. She has won two Fulbright awards for Greece, thirty years apart, most recently in 2019 on the island of Crete at the University of Rethymno. Diane has published two books, The Treasures of the Parthenon (Oxford 1995) and The Greeks: An Illustrated History (Washington DC 2016).  She has served as an expert for Smithsonian Journeys in the Mediterranean since 2001, including the Aegean, Adriatic, and the Black Seas.

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

Cruising the Greek Islands of the Southern Aegean

8 days | Starting at: $4,760
Jul 5, 2022 - Jul 12, 2022

Round-trip from Athens Aboard the 184-guest Le Jacques Cartier or Le Bougainville
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