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Plotting Homicide

Joseph Roisman

in The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247871
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932913 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247871.003.0002
Plotting Homicide

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This chapter examines the way Attic orators used conspirational notions in trials involving both premeditated and unintentional killings. It explains that the popularity and usefulness of the rhetoric of conspiracy in homicide cases is evinced by its use by both prosecutors and defendants. The chapter suggests that Antiphon and Lysia's rhetoric of conspiracy in homicide cases illustrate its adaptability to changing circumstances and strategies, and that they both follow core concepts and motifs which recur in other types of conspiracy in the oratorical corpus.

Keywords: Attic orators; homicide; conspiracy; Antiphon; Lysia; unintentional killings

Chapter.  3869 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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