Plotting Legislation and Political Measures

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:
Plotting Legislation and Political Measures

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This chapter focuses on the notions of conspiracy against legislative initiatives and decrees in ancient Athens. It suggests that litigants who depicted legislative proposals and decrees as scheme-shares with other practitioners and consumers of the rhetoric of conspiracy received a fundamental refusal to take manifest goals at face value unless they were selfish enough to put their trust in others. The chapter also describes, and provides commentaries on, the relevant works of Demosthenes and Aeschines.

Keywords: legal initiatives; decrees; conspiracy; ancient Athens; Demosthenes; Aeschines

Chapter.  10400 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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