International 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:
International Conspiracies

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This chapter focuses on the rhetoric of international conspiracies in ancient Athens. It highlights Demosthenes' portrayal of Philip of Macedon as constantly interfering in Greek affairs and another speechwriter's charge that Cleomenes of Naucratis in Egypt was attempting to control the international grain trade. The chapter compares Philip and Cleomenes's alleged machinations with modern global conspiracy theories, and suggests that both ancient and modern conspirators were active practically everywhere, unfettered by geographical and national boundaries or by loyalties other than to themselves.

Keywords: international conspiracies; ancient Athens; Demosthenes; Philip of Macedon; Cleomenes of Naucratis; Egypt; grain trade; conspiracy theories

Chapter.  7369 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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