Political Conspiracies

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:
Political Conspiracies

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This chapter analyzes the nature of political conspiracies in ancient Athens. It explains that the depictions of political conspiracies and plots against the public interest closely resemble those of a non-political nature, and that plotting in the public sphere targeted the city and its democratic government, and was often attributed to the politically active and to public officials. The chapter argues that the stereotype of evil politicians greedy for power and profit is employed in the speeches to give credence and rationale to tales of political conspiracies. It also describes, and provides commentaries on, the relevant works of Aristophanes, Thucydides, and Andocides.

Keywords: political conspiracies; ancient Athens; public interests; city; democratic government; public officials; Aristophanes; Thucydides; Andocides

Chapter.  13114 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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