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The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens

Joseph Roisman, Jeffrey Corbin, and Carla D'Antonio


The Attic orators, whose works are an invaluable source on the social and political history of Classical Athens, often filled their speeches with charges of conspiracy involving almost every facet of Athenian life. There are allegations of plots against men's lives, property, careers, and reputations, as well as charges of conspiracy against the public interest, the government, the management of foreign affairs, and more. Until now, however, this obsession with conspiracy has received little scholarly attention. In order to develop the first full picture of this important feature of Athenian d ... More

Keywords: Attic orators, rhetorical significance, cultural significance, psychological significance, Athenian worldview, Athenian history, Athenian culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247871
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247871.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Roisman, author

Jeffrey Corbin, editor

Carla D'Antonio, editor