All aspects of Greek and Roman intellectual history and its reception
Aristotle’s account of kingship in Politics 3 responds to the rich discourse on kingship that permeates Greek political thought (notably in the works of Herodotus, Xenophon and Isocrates), in which the king is the paradigm of virtue, and also the instantiator and guarantor of order, linking the political microcosm to the macrocosm of the u…[Read more]
This provocation contests the familiar construction of classical Athens as an ideal exemplar of democratic politics through a focus on the city’s material fabric, its visual artworks, and the performances which took place within its public spaces. It highlights the city’s ongoing process of material re-building (particularly following the Per…[Read more]
Part of a much larger study in the intellectual history of Sophocles (and Greek tragedy in general) in the 18th century, this chapter brings to light, for the first time, Jean Terrasson’s incisive and highly influential attempt to dismantle Christianising and Neo-Classicist interpretations of both Greek tragedy and Aristotle’s Poetics and to…[Read more]
This is a comprehensive reassessment of Aristotle’s concept of tragic hamartia, and its different interpretations from the 1530s to the present day, in the context of Aristotle’s theory of action.
Atack, C. (2014), ‘The Discourse of Kingship in Classical Athenian Thought’, Histos, 8, 329-62. .