Jed Atkins

Jed Atkins

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

-- Duke University
HWL Affiliation: Emerging Network, Steering Committee

Jed Atkins earned both an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History and 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, Zeno's Republic and natural law, and the relationship between constitution and empire in Roman political thought. Current projects include papers on the concept of politeia and the development of political science in Greek and Roman political thought, the political philosophy of Cicero’s De officiis, and a book on Roman political thought for Cambridge's Key Themes in Ancient History series.

Atkins teaches courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in Latin literature as well as Greek and Roman thought.


Democracy and Law: Ancient and Modern
Emerging Networks


Ancient Rhetoric Meets Post-Modern Politics
Ancient Rhetoric Meets Post-Modern Politics
-- Aug 9 2016
Writing for Duke Magazine's special late-summer issue on storytelling and language, classical studies professor Jed Atkins traces the Roman roots of some recent presidential campaign rhetoric. In... Read More