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The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens$
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Joseph Roisman, Jeffrey Corbin, and Carla D'Antonio

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247871

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247871.001.0001

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Conspiracy Theories, Ancient and Modern

Conspiracy Theories, Ancient and Modern

(p.150) (p.151) Conclusion: Conspiracy Theories, Ancient and Modern
The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens

Joseph Roisman

University of California Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the rhetoric of conspiracy among Attic orators. It argues that accusations and fears of political plots should be viewed in the larger context of the Athenians' anxiety about conspirational activity in general. The chapter concludes that rather than being linked to paranoia or fear-induced aggression, conspirational allegations filled a psychological need by helping the Athenians to understand and deal with discrepancies between expectations and reality.

Keywords:   conspiracy, Attic orators, political plots, conspirational activity, paranoia, fear-induced aggression, conspirational allegations

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