we are happy to announce the publication of the fourth issue of the Journal of Historical Network Research, a special issue focused on “The Ties That Bind. Ancient Politics and Network Analysis”, guest edited by W. Broekaert, E. Köstner & C. Rollinger.
During the last decade, the field of ancient history and classics has witnessed a slow but steady increase of publications applying to Greco-Roman history the concepts of social network analysis (SNA). As the case studies in this special, guest-edited issue of The Journal of Historical Network Research show, SNA promises to offer new perspectives on a research field mainly dominated by more traditional prosopographical studies and at the same time provide a powerful tool for analyzing and visualizing social and political connections in ancient societies.
It contains the following content:
Introducing the ‘Ties that Bind’
Wim Broekaert, Elena Köstner, Christian Rollinger
Athens as a Small World
Diane Harris Cline
Informal Political Communication and Network Theory in the Late Roman Republic
Networking in the Early Roman Empire: Pliny the Younger
An Epilogue. Social Network Analysis and Greco-Roman Politics
Giovanni R. Ruffini