Greek And Roman Democratic System Essay

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Greek and Roman culture have paved the way for much of American culture throughout history and current time. Whether it is language, religion, or architecture, ancient Greece and Rome are to thank for their contribution on many aspects of society’s daily lives in America society today, as the American political system was greatly influenced by these two civilizations. These two democratic systems had many similarities and many differences but without them there may not be the justice and equal democratic system that we have today. Although there were characteristics about their systems that ultimately failed, these two ancient worlds were very far beyond their time in many ways.

Athenian democracy developed around the fifth century BC in
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As explained above, both parts of the judicial and executive branches were chosen at random in a lottery system. Although all of these randomly chosen individuals were citizens, this did not necessarily mean they were educated. As a result those who were chosen for a position and were not educated enough to understand what was going on in the Athenian society were not going to make the best decisions for the polis as a whole. There were no educational standards that citizens had to meet and therefore they did not always make the most educated choice on what was best for Athens causing problems and controversy in the long …show more content…
The Roman Republic functioned like Aristotle’s ideal city-state, smallish, organic society with a network comprised of leaders who all depended on each other and stayed current. However In 450 b.c the “Twelve Tables” were established as the first written legal code. Formed basis for all subsequent Roman jurisprudence. Property rights were paramount concern and the tables defined circumstances of property repossessions and indentured labor/slavery. Although it did not solve a lot of their problems, it was a further step towards equality. In 367 B.C, patricians finally agreed to plebeian consuls and in 287 B.C, patricians and plebeians formally merged

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