Foreign and Domestic Plotters

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:
Foreign and Domestic Plotters

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This chapter focuses on allegations of foreign and domestic plotting in ancient Athens. It explains that the accusation of being an agent of a foreign power seems to have been commonplace among Athenian politicians. The chapter analyzes allegations of plots that are most revealing of speakers' use of the rhetoric of conspiracy, particularly in relation to Philip of Macedon's design to control Greece, and to men who colluded with him. It also describes, and provides commentaries on, the relevant works of Demosthenes.

Keywords: plotting; ancient Athens; foreign power; Athenian politicians; conspiracy; Philip of Macedon; Demosthenes

Chapter.  6631 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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