At 10:15 AM 5/23/02 -0400, Barry Wellman wrote:
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Alexander, M., & Danowski, J. A. (1990).  Analysis of an ancient network. Social Networks, 12, 313-35.

This work network analyzes all the actors (along with their social status) mentioned in Cicero's letters.  Among the questions this research addresses is questions the relative standing of knights and senators in Roman society of the period. There had been the conflicting interpretations in the historical literature as to who was more socially powerful.  The network evidence argues for their structural equivalence.  An emergent finding concerned the basic structure of the overall social network in terms of group structures.  The findings suggested that while social standing may have been a barrier to entry into a group, once inside a group's boundaries, a member's status was irrelevant to their position within the group.