Exploring ancient sources with data visualisation

Silke Vanbeselaere (KU Leuven)

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies seminar 2016

Friday July 29th at 16:30, in room 234, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Inspired by Padgett and Ansell’s seminal paper on the Medici, we aim to explore relationships attested in ancient Theban property contracts and compare the resulting networks. A substantial amount of research has been undertaken into Theban scribes and contractual parties, but witnesses are often left out. We aim to tackle the issue of who these witnesses were, what status and connections they had in the Theban community, and how they were chosen, including often-overlooked information on scribal traditions in the Ancient Near East.

Recommended readings:

Padgett, J.F., Ansell C.K., 'Robust Action and the rise of the Medici, 1400-1434', American Journal of Sociology, Vol 98 (6), 1993, 1259-1319. (available)

Lemercier, Claire. 'Formal Network Methods in History: Why and How?' Neurocomputing 71, no. 1 (2008): 1257–73. (available)

Cline, Diane Harris. 'Six Degrees of Alexander: Social Network Analysis as a Tool for Ancient History.' Journal of Sociology 98, no. 6 (1993): 1259-1319. (available)

Livecast at Digital Classicist London YouTube channel.