Post-doctoral research assistant, ‘Anachronism and Antiquity’ project, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford, and non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, St Hugh’s College.
Fellow (2019-20), Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC.
Associate editor, Polis: the Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought
Current research is focused on fourth-century BCE Greek political thought, especially temporality and change in Greek political thought and the dialogues of Plato.
Current teaching includes lectures and classes for Sexuality and Gender in Greece and Rome, an upper-level course for students in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Oxford.
I am the treasurer of the Women’s Classical Committee UK
Education2010-2014: PhD in Classics, Lucy Cavendish College/Faculty of Classics, Cambridge
Thesis: ‘Debating kingship: models of monarchy in 5th- and 4th-century BCE Greek political thought’. Examined by: Mr Nicholas Denyer and Professor Chris Pelling. Supervisors: Professor Paul Cartledge and Professor Malcolm Schofield.
2009-10: MPhil in Classics, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
Thesis: ‘Ancestral constitutions in fourth-century BCE Athenian political argument: genre and re-invention’. Supervisors: Professor Paul Cartledge and Professor Malcolm Schofield.
2006-9: BA in Classics, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge
1983-6: BSc(Econ) Hons in Government, University of London (London School of Economics)
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Course material or learning objects
‘Plato, Foucault and the conceptualization of parrhēsia’, (2019) History of Political Thought
, Vol. 40, Issue 1, pp. 23-48.
‘Politeia and the past in Xenophon and Isocrates’, (2018) in M. Tamiolaki (ed.) ‘Xenophon and Isocrates. Political Affinities and Literary Interactions’, Trends in Classics
, Vol. 10, Issue 1, pp. 171-194.
‘The History of Athenian democracy, now’, (2017), History of Political Thought
Vol 38, Issue 3, pp. 576-588.
‘Precarity and protest: the politics of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata
’, (2017) CUCD Bulletin
, Vol 46, n.p., URL: https://cucd.blogs.sas.ac.uk/files/2015/01/ATACK20Revolutions20Lysistrata20corr20BGCA.pdf
and the metaphysics of monarchy’, (2015) Polis
Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp. 297-320.
‘The discourse of kingship in classical Athenian thought’, (2014) Histos
8, 329-362. URL: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/histos/documents/2014A12AtackDiscourseofKingship.pdf
‘How to be a good king in Athens – manipulating monarchy in the democratic political imaginary’, (2012) Rosetta
12, 1-19. URL: http://www.rosetta.bham.ac.uk/Issue_12/atack.pdf Book chapters
‘Tradition and innovation in the polis-cosmos analogy’, (2019) in P. Horky (ed.) Ancient Cosmos: Concord among Worlds
, Cambridge University Press, pp. 164-87.
‘Xenophon and the performativity of kingship’ (2018), in D. Allen, P. Christesen and P. Millett (edd.), How to do things with history
, Oxford University Press, pp. 109-135.
and Xenophon’s Cyrus’ (2018), in G. Danzig, D. Johnson and D. Morrison (edd.), Plato and Xenophon: comparative studies
, Brill, pp. 510-543, DOI 10.1163/9789004369085_021
‘Imagined Superpowers: Isocrates on Athens and Sparta’, (2018) in A. Powell and P. Cartledge (edd.) The Greek Superpower: Sparta in the Self-Definitions of Athenians
, Classical Press of Wales, pp. 157-184.
‘The Greeks in Sicily’ (2015), in van Beek, Burgersdijk et al. (edd.) Sicily and the Sea
, Allard Pierson Museum, pp. 39-45.
Atack, C.W. and Scott, D.J. (2015) ‘Endnotes to Michael Frede’s seminar papers’ in M. Frede and M. Burnyeat, The Pseudo-Platonic Seventh Letter
, ed. D.J. Scott, Oxford University Press, pp. 99-112. (wrote around 75% of joint-authored section).
Upcoming Talks and Conferences‘Isocrates’ critique of populist speech: frankness, flattery, and the corruption of political discourse’, Isocrates panel, International Society for the History of Rhetoric conference, New Orleans, July 2019.
‘Plato’s Republic and the politics of presentism’, Anachronism and Antiquity panel, Classical Association/FIEC conference, London, July 2019.
‘Kingship and law in the Anonymous Iamblichi’, Durham, June 2019.
‘Writing Plato’s Republic in the twenty-first century: Jo Walton’s The Just City and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s Plato at the Googleplex, Anachronism and Antiquity Seminar, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford, May 2019.
‘Exemplarity and the practice of charisma in Athenian stories of leadership’, Les pratiques du charisme politique dans l’Antiquité grecque et romaine, École Française de Rome, January 2019.
‘The untimely end of democracy in the classical now’, The Classical Now, Classical Reception Seminar, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford, Michaelmas Term 2018.
‘The temporality of Plato’s Protagoras’, Languages and Literature Sub-Faculty seminar, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford, Michaelmas Term 2018.
‘Housework versus sex work: the construction of gender roles in the letters of the Pythagorean women’, Philosophical Letters: A Conference on Philosophy and Epistolarity, University of Manchester, September 2018.
‘Imaginary Cities in Greek Political Thought’, JACT Summer School, Bryanston, August 2018.
‘The work of the free: the politics of liberality in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia’, Liberality, ancient and modern, LMU, Munich, July 2018.
‘”An origin for political culture”: Laws III as Political Thought and Intellectual History’, Democracy and Its Rivals: Plato’s Statesman and Laws, Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, May 24-25, 2018.
‘Plato’s Queer Time: Dialogic Moments in the Life and Death of Socrates’, Anachronism and Antiquity, Florida State University, Tallahassee, March 23-4 2018.
‘Aristophanes and the politics of performative assembly’, Corpus Christi Research seminar, University of Oxford, spring 2018.
‘The temporality of Plato’s Protagoras’, Classics research seminar, University of Durham, January 2018.