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    The Discourse of Kingship in Classical Greece.Carol Atack - 2019 - Abingdon: Routledge.
    This book examines how ancient authors explored ideas of kingship as a political role fundamental to the construction of civic unity, the use of kingship stories to explain the past and present unity of the polis and the distinctive function or status attributed to kings in such accounts. -/- It explores the notion of kingship offered by historians such as Herodotus, as well as dramatists writing for the Athenian stage, paying particular attention to dramatic depictions of the unique capabilities of (...)
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    Aristotle’s pambasileia and the metaphysics of monarchy.Carol Atack - 2015 - Polis 32 (2):297-320.
    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 universe. Both models, in separating the individual king from the collective citizenry, invite further, more abstract thought on the importance of the king in the foundation of (...)
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    Ambiguities of Despotic Power in Xenophon’s Cyropaedia.Carol Atack - 2023 - Cahiers «Mondes Anciens». Histoire Et Anthropologie des Mondes Anciens 17.
    The ambiguity of Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, a fictionalised portrait of Cyrus the Great and his rise to rule an empire, has led present-day interpretations to diverge widely. Should Cyrus be seen as an ideal king, whose capabilities exceed those of other rulers, or a despot whose ascent to power depends on deception and manipulation? This paper uses the modern conceptualisation of transgression to look at Xenophon’s careful depiction of political and personal boundaries throughout the work. It suggests that the key final (...)
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    An Origin for Political Culture’: Laws 3 as Political Thought and Intellectual History.Carol Atack - 2020 - Polis 37 (3):468-484.
    Plato’s survey in Laws book 3 of the development of human society from its earliest stages to the complex institutions of democratic Athens and monarchical Persia operates both as a conjectural history of human life and as a critical engagement with Greek political thought. The examples Plato uses to illustrate the stages of his stadial account, such as the society of the Cyclops and the myths of Spartan prehistory, are those used by other political theorists and philosophers, in some cases (...)
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    ‘I will interpret’: The Eighth Letter as a response to Plato's literary method and political thought.Carol Atack - 2019 - Classical Quarterly 69 (2):616-635.
    This paper explores the political thought and literary devices contained in the pseudo-PlatonicEighth Letter, treating it as a later response to the political thought and literary style of Plato, particularly the exploration of the mixed constitution and the mechanisms for the restraint of monarchical power contained in theLaws. It examines the specific historical problems of this letter, and works through its supposed Sicilian context, its narrator's assessment of the situation, and the lengthy prosopopoeia of the dead Syracusan politician Dion, before (...)
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    Models of Inclusion and Exclusion in Democracy Ancient and Modern: A Response to Paul Cartledge’s Democracy: A Life.Carol Atack - 2019 - Philosophy and Public Issues - Filosofia E Questioni Pubbliche 9 (2):13-31.
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    Memories of Socrates.Carol Atack - 2023 - Oxford: Oxford University Press. Translated by Martin Hammond.
    A new translation by Martin Hammond of Xenophon's Memorabilia and Apology of Socrates, with introduction and notes by Carol Atack, in the Oxford World's Classics series. -/- ISBN: 9780198856092 -/- 'Who would you say knows himself?' -/- In 399 BCE Socrates was tried in Athens on charges of irreligion and corruption of the young, convicted, and sentenced to death. Like Plato, an almost exact contemporary, in his youth Xenophon (c. 430-c. 354 BCE) was one of the circle of mainly upper-class (...)
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  8. Oxford Handbook on Ancient Greek Political Thought.Carol Atack - manuscript
     
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  9. Plato's Statesman and Xenophon's Cyrus.Carol Atack - 2018 - In Gabriel Danzig, Donald Morrison & David M. Johnson (eds.), Plato and Xenophon: comparative studies. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. pp. 510-543.
    This paper examines the relationship between the political thought of Plato and Xenophon, by positioning both as post-Socratic political theorists. It seeks to show that Xenophon and Plato examine similar themes and participate in a shared discourse in their later political thought, and in particular, that Plato is responding to Xenophon, with the Statesman exploring similar themes to Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, which itself responds to sections of Plato’s Republic. Both writers explore the themes of the shepherd king and the kairos as (...)
     
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    A Cultural History of Democracy: V. 1, Cultural History of Democracy in Antiquity.Paul Cartledge & Carol Atack (eds.) - 2021 - London: Bloomsbury Academic.
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    A survey of Roman political thought. D. Hammer Roman political thought. From cicero to Augustine. Pp. XVIII + 555. Cambridge: Cambridge university press, 2014. Cased, £55, us$90. Isbn: 978-0-521-19524-9. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2016 - The Classical Review 66 (1):121-123.
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    Balot Courage in the Democratic Polis. New York, Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xi + 408. $65. 9780199982158. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2016 - Journal of Hellenic Studies 136:230-231.
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    Democracy then and now - (c.) pelloso democracies and republics between past and future. From the athenian agora to e-democracy, from the Roman republic to negative power. Pp. VIII + 121. London and new York: Routledge, 2021. Cased, £44.99, us$59.95. Isbn: 978-0-367-67259-1. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2022 - The Classical Review 72 (1):337-339.
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    Greek local historiography - (r.) Thomas Polis histories, collective memories and the greek world. Pp. XII + 490. Cambridge: Cambridge university press, 2019. Cased, £105, us$135. Isbn: 978-1-107-19358-1. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2020 - The Classical Review 70 (1):151-153.
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    Julia Annas, Virtue and Law in Plato and Beyond, OUP, 2017. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2019 - Ancient Philosophy Today 1 (1):128-133.
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    Christ The Limits of Altruism in Democratic Athens. Pp. x + 215. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Cased, £60, US$90. ISBN: 978-1-107-02977-4. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2014 - The Classical Review 64 (1):200-202.
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    Plato as Critical Theorist, written by Jonny Thakkar. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2020 - Polis 37 (1):210-212.
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    Richesse et pauvreté chez les philosophes de l’antiquité, edited by Étienne Helmer. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2018 - Polis 35 (2):591-593.
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    Thucydides and the Pursuit of Freedom, written by Mary P. Nichols. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2016 - Polis 33 (1):201-204.
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    The context of Plato's academy - (p.) Kalligas, (c.) Balla, (e.) baziotopoulou-valavani, (V.) Karasmanis (edd.) Plato's academy. Its workings and its history. Pp. XII + 434, b/w & colour ills, b/w & colour maps. Cambridge: Cambridge university press, 2020. Cased, £90, us$120. Isbn: 978-1-108-42644-2. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2020 - The Classical Review 70 (2):344-347.
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    The modern relevance of greek myths - (e.) Katz Anhalt embattled. How ancient greek myths empower us to resist tyranny. Pp. XII + 306. Stanford, ca: Redwood press, 2021. Cased, us$30. Isbn: 978-1-5036-2856-4. [REVIEW]Carol Atack - 2022 - The Classical Review 72 (2):721-723.
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