Duke University | Classical Studies:

    Jed W Atkins
  • Jed W Atkins

  • Assistant Professor
  • Classical Studies
  • 232 Allen Building
  • Campus Box 90103
  • Phone: (919) 684-2695
  • Fax: (919) 681-4262
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    Areas of Interest: Greek and Roman political philosophy and ethics, Latin literature, the history of political thought, Early Christian thought, Cicero.
  • Bio

          Jed Atkins, who has joined the Duke Classics faculty as an Assistant Professor, is the recent recipient of a PhD in Classics from the University of Cambridge. His research focuses mainly on Greek and Roman political thought and ethics. In addition, he works on the modern reception of ancient philosophy and the relationship between Greco-Roman philosophy and early Christian moral and political thought. Professor Atkins is especially interested in Roman philosophy, and much of his research has focused on Cicero’s political philosophy. His book, Cicero on Politics and the Limits of Reason, examines the political philosophy of Cicero's Republic and Laws.  He has also written on such topics as conscience in later Greek philosophy, the reception of Cicero's natural right teaching in eighteenth century political thought, St. Ambrose's De officiis, and the relationship between constitution and empire in Roman political thought. He is currently working on Cicero’s De officiis and a book-length study of republicanism in Roman political thought.
         Atkins teaches courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in Latin literature as well as Greek and Roman thought. Past and near-future courses include seminars on Lucretius, Sallust, Roman Political Philosophy, Cicero's philosophy, comparative political regimes, and ancient and modern conceptions of democracy.  
  • Specialties

    • Cicero
    • Greek and Roman political philosophy and ethics
    • The history of political thought
  • Research Summary

    Cicero; Greek, Roman, and early Christian political and moral philosophy; history of political thought
  • Research Description

    Cicero; Greek, Roman, and early Christian political and moral philosophy; history of political thought
  • Education

      • PhD in Classics,
      • University of Cambridge,
      • 2009
      • M.Phil in Political Thought and Intellectual History,
      • University of Cambridge,
      • 2005
      • BA in Government and Classics (Summa cum Laude),
      • Bowdoin College,
      • 2004
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Classical Studies,
      • 2014-15
      • Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Classical Studies,
      • 2013-14
      • Elected 'Scholar" of Sidney Sussex College,
      • University of Cambridge,
      • 2007
      • Howard Studentship,
      • Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge,
      • 2007-2008
      • Goold Classics Prize in Latin and Greek,
      • Bowdoin College,
      • 2004
      • Keasbey Memorial Foundation Scholarship,
      • 2004-2006
      • Phi Beta Kappa,
      • Bowdoin College,
      • 2004
      • Philo Sherman Bennet Prize,
      • Bowdoin College,
      • 2004
      • Hannibal Hamlin Emery Prize in Latin,
      • Bowdoin College,
      • 2003
      • James and Sarah Bowdoin Scholar,
      • Bowdoin College,
      • 2001-2004
  • Selected Publications

      • Jed W. Atkins.
      • Cicero on Politics and the Limits of Reason: The Republic and Laws.
      • Cambridge University Press,
      • Fall, 2013.
      • [web]
      • [Book Jacket, PDF]
      Publication Description

      See Publisher's Description Here

      • Jed W. Atkins.
      • "Cicero on the Relationship between Plato’s Republic and Laws."
      • Ancient Approaches to Plato's Republic.
      • Ed. Anne Sheppard.
      • BICS Supplement 117,
      • 2013.
      • 15-34.
      • Jed W. Atkins.
      • "Greek and Roman Political Philosophy."
      • Oxford Bibliographies in "Classics".
      • Ed. Dee Clayman.
      • Oxford University Press,
      • Fall, 2012.
      • (Li nk)
      • Jed W. Atkins.
      • "L'argument du De Republica et le Songe de Scipion."
      • Les etudes philosophiques
      • 99
      • .4
      • (Winter, 2011)
      • :
      • 455-469.
      • Jed W. Atkins.
      • "The Officia of St. Ambrose’s De officiis."
      • Journal of Early Christian Studies
      • 19
      • .1
      • (Spring, 2011)
      • :
      • 49-78.
      • Jed W. Atkins.
      • "Euripides' Orestes and the Concept of Conscience in Greek Philosophy."
      • Journal of the History of Ideas
      • 75
      • .1
      • (January, 2014)
      • :
      • 1-22.
      • Jed W. Atkins.
      • "Cicero."
      • The Encyclopedia of Political Thought.
      • Ed. Michael Gibbons.
      • Wiley-Blackwell,
      • 2014.
      • Jed W. Atkins.
      • "Constitution and Empire in Roman Republican Thought."
      • Rome.
      • Museums and World Civilizations,
      • Peking University Press,
      • 2014.
      • Chinese translation.
      • Jed W. Atkins.
      • "A Revolutionary Doctrine? Cicero's Natural Right Teaching in Mably and Burke."
      • Classical Receptions Journal
      • 6
      • .2
      • (Summer, 2014)
      • .
      • Jed W. Atkins.
      • "Cicero's Philosophica" (Review of Baraz, A Written Republic: Cicero's Philosophical Politics).
      • Classical Review
      • 63
      • .2
      • (2013)
      • :
      • 417-19.
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  • PhD Students

    • Robert F. Dudley
    • Carl E. Young
      • Thesis: Theology and Political Philosophy in Plato's Laws
      • Web Page
  • Teaching

    • LATIN 102.04
      • ELEMENTARY LATIN
      • Allen 318
      • MWF 03:20 PM-04:10 PM
    • LATIN 768S.01
      • SEMINAR LAT LIT II (TOP)
      • Allen 229
      • MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • Paestum 1
  • Pompeii 2
  • site
  • Morgantina 2
  • Tomb of Caecilia Metella
  • Acropolis
  • Roman Forum 1
  • Pantheon 2
  • Agrigento 3
  • Rome
  • Agrigento 2
  • Hadrian's Villa 1
  • pottery
  • Jake 1
  • Jake 2
  • Pompeii 1
  • Hadrian's Villa 2
  • pottery
  • Paestum 2
  • papyrus
  • Morgantina 1