The Role Of The Citizens In Ancient Greece
The relationships between the citizens and the state in classical Greece, the Roman Empire, and the Mesoamerican civilization has a lot of common traits that helped with development. The roles of the citizens in these different locations are essential to understanding because they represent how people survived and lived in these times. The power the state had over its citizens contributed to how the people in the communities lived. They have common traits and differences with each.
Classical Greece was the period between the Persian Wars and the death of Alexander the Great (Ancient Greece, 2015). Greece’s city-states were inadequate in size and had self-governing towns that were dominated by men …show more content…
If you were born from parents of the Athenians, you were considered to be the most powerful group that could participate in the government of Polis (Ancient Greece, 2015). The metics are not citizens because they are non- native at birth. They relocated in the Athens so they could trade and practice a craft (Ancient Greece, 2015). The metics had to pay taxes and was expected to serve in the army and, unfortunately, could never gain full rights of becoming a citizen (Ancient Greece, 2015). The Athenians grew very committed to their democratic system.
The citizens of Greece consisted of gentlemen who worked in the service and the ladies in Greece did domestic work such as spinning and weaving (Ancient Greece, 2015). Greek men dealt with politics and public events (Ancient Greece, 2015). The women of Greece were not permitted to have land, and they remain home to care for the children (Duiker & Spielvogel, 2010). Citizens were entitled to appoint leaders, pass laws, vote, and own property (Ancient Greece, …show more content…
There was continuous violence as societies rose and fell. In more developed and advanced nations, the power of the state was greater as they controlled more wealth and land (Duiker & Spielvogel, 2010). In less developed and advanced civilizations, the wealth was spread out more, so the state was more consistent of the citizens and the power of the state was evenly spread across the land. Religion always played and role in the leadership of the governments and the role of the citizens (Duiker & Spielvogel,