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Conspiracy Theories, Ancient and Modern

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/9780520247871.003.0009
Conspiracy Theories, Ancient and Modern

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the rhetoric of conspiracy among Attic orators. It argues that accusations and fears of political plots should be viewed in the larger context of the Athenians' anxiety about conspirational activity in general. The chapter concludes that rather than being linked to paranoia or fear-induced aggression, conspirational allegations filled a psychological need by helping the Athenians to understand and deal with discrepancies between expectations and reality.

Keywords: conspiracy; Attic orators; political plots; conspirational activity; paranoia; fear-induced aggression; conspirational allegations

Chapter.  4014 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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