Post-doctoral research assistant, ‘Anachronism and Antiquity’ project, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford, and non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellow, St Hugh’s College.
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.


2010-2014: 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)

Other Publications


‘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.

‘Aristotle’s pambasileia 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

‘Xenophon and the performativity of kingship’ (forthcoming, 2018), in D. Allen, P. Christesen and P. Millett (edd.), How to do things with history, Oxford University Press.

‘Tradition and innovation in the polis-cosmos analogy’, (forthcoming, 2018) in P. Horky (ed.) Ancient Cosmos: Concord among Worlds, Cambridge University Press.

‘Plato’s Statesman 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).


Anachronism and Antiquity, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford.

Women’s Classical Committee, UK

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

‘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.


Women’s Classical Committee UK

Legacy of Greek Political Thought research network.

Grasping Kairos research network.

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

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