Searching for Statesmanship: A corpus-based analysis of a translated political discourse


With its connotations of superior moral integrity, exceptional leadership qualities and expertise in the science of government, the modern ideal of statesmanship is most commonly traced back to the ancient Greek concept of πολιτικός (politikos) and the work of Plato and Aristotle in particular. Through an analysis of a large corpus of modern English translations of political works, built as part of the AHRC Genealogies of Knowledge project (, this case-study aims to explore patterns that are specific to this translated discourse, with a view to understanding the crucial role played by translators in shaping its development and reception in society. It ultimately seeks to argue that the model of statesmanship presented in translations from ancient Greek is just as much a product of the receiving culture (and the social anxieties of Victorian Britain especially) as it is inherited from the classical world.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
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Additional Information: © 2019 Henry Jones. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the cc-by license. This research was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Grant number: AH/M010007/1).
Uncontrolled Keywords: translation,statesmanship,democracy,Plato,Aristotle
Publication ISSN: 2051-2996
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2024 08:38
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2020 12:57
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Published Date: 2019-06-28
Accepted Date: 2019-01-01
Authors: Jones, Henry (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4544-3086)



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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