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    War whose comedies typically satirized the democracy and society. He wrote the comedy “The Acharnians” to establish the problems with the democracy leading Athens. He believes a successful democracy in Athens could only be possible if the troubles damaging the democracy were fixed. For Aristophanes, democracy in Athens is possible if greed is eliminated, equality achieved, and empathy developed because these three elements constitute the backbone of a virtuous polis. The unrepressed voice advances the common good. Ignorance decreases when participation increases. A problem for Aristophanes is the oppression of the citizens in the polis. People are penalized for speaking…

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    “Socrates must be punished, there is no other way to save the Athenian way of life, for he praises the Lacedaemonians, our sworn enemy in these dark times.” Demetrius may be hot headed and not the most reasonable character, but he does have a point. Socrates praises those Oligarchic Spartans, and undermines our Athenian Democracy. So I put forth, “If we allow him to continue his teachings the youth of Athens may continue to be corrupted and grow ideas of a hegemony over the people, and throw…

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    The city of Athens was self-consciously and decidedly democratic, autonomous, and prosperous. Athenian democracy is the paradigm of civic freedom in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them. The “rule of the people”. A government by the people and for the people. In a very real sense, the people of Athens governed themselves, debating and voting individually on issues of varying importance. Democracy in Athens was not merely limited to giving people the…

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    Athens was the birth place of democracy, it was around 507BC when the Athenian leader Cleisthenes introduced a series of political reforms known as the demokratia, which means ‘rule by the people’ (Cartledge, 2011) The following essay will assess the demokratia, arguing that ancient Athens was a real democracy. The first consideration is the great quality of democracy displayed in the Athenian political system. Then, the institutions that Athens had in place were democratic and produced…

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    The development of Athenian democracy was influenced by complex social, economic, and military issues, not to mention the obvious political aspect. However, even among these complex set of factors, one aspect in the development of Athenian democracy that stands out and affects all three sets of issues is warfare. Warfare was a constant in ancient Greece, and indeed most of the ancient world. City-states constantly fought, mostly against each other, though they would often band together against…

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    The contemporary perspective of democracy is that all citizens should have the right to participate in elections and control the structure of the government and who holds office. For example, numerous people consider America undemocratic because Trump won the presidential election losing by two million votes, and that the voice of the people was not accurately represented because the final decision was put into the hands of the electoral voters. One of the earliest forms of democracy evolved in…

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    Democracy, a noun that describes the governmental dream, a government by the people. Ending the regular tradition of having monarchy as the intended government throughout ancient times. The official spark of democracy had happened during the time of ancient Greeks. Which happened to be the root and basis of this democratic way of government. Democracy trails back to 500 BCE in the time of the ancient Athens. Yet, was ancient Athens truly considered, democratic? With the Athenian’s government…

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    The city of Athens lived under forms of radical democracy from 508 to 322 BCE. During those years, Athens was an unwavering example of a prosperous democratic society. This form of democracy was not only giving citizens a right to vote, but putting much more power in the hands of the middle class. Opposite of a republic, Athenian people were governed by themselves and voted together on all issued big or small (Waterfield 75). In the 7th and 8th centuries BCE, Athens changed from being ruled by a…

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    Thucydides once said, “Everyone was equal before the law” which was the focus of Athenian government. Athenian democracy was the first form of democracy. It was a direct democracy; the power was is spread equally among the people. The governing council was chosen randomly. The Athenian democracy was formed after a tyranny, a form of government where one person held all of the power. After experiencing a system where the power was held by one person, the Athenian people wanted a government based…

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    There were several forms of government in Ancient Greek city-states. The most famous being democracy which originated from one of the most prominent and influential city-states known as Athens. Other forms of government in Ancient Greek city states included oligarchy, tyranny, aristocracy and monarchy. I will begin by looking at the definitions of each of these forms of government. Democracy can be defined as “a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a…

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