Chapter

Legal Plots and Traps

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/9780520247871.003.0004
Legal Plots and Traps

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This chapter focuses on legal plots and traps in the oratorical corpus in ancient Athens. It explains that plots aiming to defeat a legal action or to ensnare a rival in a legal trap were almost as popular as conspiracies to deprive a man of his property, and that one of the commonest charges of legal plotting involved the giving and taking of bribes. The chapter describes, and provides commentaries on, the relevant works of Apollodorus, Demosthenes, Antiphon, and Andocides.

Keywords: legal plots; legal traps; ancient Athens; oratorical corpus; bribes; Apollodorus; Demosthenes; Antiphon; Andocides

Chapter.  9394 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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