The Ekklesia And Athenian Assembly

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1. The Ekklesia makes reference to the Athenian assembly, with Ekklesia literally meaning ‘assembly’. The assembly consisted of all the adult male citizens in Athens. It was these men that governed by making the laws of the time. Unlike Spartan democracy, any citizen was allowed the opportunity to propose a new laws or wanted debates, however they were not allowed to vote. The quorum, which refers to the minimum number of members of a specific deliberate assembly, consisted of 6000 men, whom were fined upon non-attendance, without a legitimate excuse, to the meeting. In terms of the Boule, which referred to the Athenian council, operated differently to that of the Ekklesia, the assembly. The Boule consisted of 500 citizens – 50 being from each tribe in Athens. Each member was first elected and then selected upon eligibility. They were required to be above 30 years of age and were not allowed to fall under the lowest class, which was the thetes. Each tribe took turns in running the Boule, each receiving a given 36 day period in which they had to live together in the agora, which was the city centre. Here they discussed politics and came to general consensuses.

2. In the citizens’ juries of time in
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Upon speculation, I noticed that she was dressed in a conservative manner – draped in linen cloth. This gave off the impression that clothing in general of respectable woman served to conceal them from the eyes of strange men, those who weren’t their husbands. My mind wondered off to the many festivals held on the streets of Sparta – whereby woman of all forms paraded their bodily features. There was nothing shameful in doing so because Spartans knew that nakedness was accompanied by modesty and

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