Athenian democracy

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  • American Democracy Vs Greek Democracy

    Democracy is a form of government that the superior power is in the people directly or by the ones they elected for free. People all over the world have different beliefs about who invented democracy. Some think America did, others believe the Greeks did, and a few believe that the Native Americans where the real founders. After doing some research and reading a few articles I have come to the conclusion that the Greeks were indeed the original founders of American Democracy. The main reason…

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  • Thucydides Speech Analysis

    fallacious mindset wherein democracy is thought of as being an invention of the recent age, and an idea about which we can learn very little by appealing to the ancient world which is so rife with stories of empires and conquests. It is Thucydides, however, who really begins to explore and relate back to us the relationship of democracy and empire. At the epicenter of this controversy is an Athenian statesman and demagogue by the name of Cleon, who seems to argue that democracy is bad for…

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  • Democracy In Ancient Athens

    Ancient Athens: the beginning of democracy, even the kind we have today. People, only Greek citizens, (men who have completed military training and were landowners,) could vote in this government. They had control of the government. Athens was the “trial” or “beta” state of democracy. It was even a “fragile experiment.” The government was just starting out! Athenians fought for their precious democracy in the Greco-Persian War. Some citizens chose to fight against the Persians in this war; if…

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  • Similarities And Differences Between Athens And Sparta

    and slaves to be citizens. Hence only native-born men could have political rights. Also, both the Athenian and Spartan government structures had a people’s assembly which was made of free male citizens. 6. Differences Between Athens and Sparta Governments As it was discussed earlier in above sections, Athens had a form of democratic government. In contrast, the Spartan government differed from Athenian government and most of the other government structures of Greek poleis. Sparta had a unique…

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  • Sparta Vs Athens

    Ancient Greece is often viewed as the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, and free people ruling themselves. However, when Greece is broken down into her multiplicity of city-states, we see distinct variations across societies. The place this distinction is most easily seen is when comparing Athens and Sparta. Despite being sister cities, and working together to twice fend off Persian invaders in the Greco-Persian wars, Athens and Sparta always seemed to be rivals. Despite sharing new ways of…

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  • Comparing Democracy In Ancient Greece And Han China

    speech by Pericles to the Athenians. He spoke in favor of the democracy in Athens to show that they were better than other city-states. The city was governed by the people instead of the government, and Pericles described how laudable the structure was. Even though Pericles was from Athens, which may have caused bias, the speech shows that the first democracy was successful and the Athenians were content. Additionally, document 5 describes the building blocks of Athenian democracy, which the…

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  • Political Government In Ancient Greece

    different forms of political government. The country was not unified it was organized in a polis – Greek name for city-states and most cities were very small fewer than 10,000 residents. Two of the most powerful political governments were Athenian and Sparta. Athenian was interested in ruling by the people while Sparta was built on military. Each political government was formed and ruled by different Greek political structures. Monarchy was ruled by a king. Aristocracy ruled by a small…

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  • Plato's Critique Of Democracy

    Plato: Question 1 In his most famous work, The Republic, Plato outlines his distaste for democracy, a system which he saw as ineffective and corrupt. He then puts forward his idea of just government – that the ruling class should come from the top of a stratified society, the guardians and then for philosopher rule. Plato believed that democracy allowed for the unjust and least virtuous in society to rule for their own gain rather than the common good, an idea that was extremely important to the…

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  • Essay On Athens And Sparta

    allowed the people to feel free, which made them exuberant about their government. Furthermore, their democracy contributed to the social structure of the Athenians. Life differed depending on the ranking of the citizen. The Athenian society consisted of four main social rankings which were citizens(free men), metics, women and slaves. Having been born in Athens, every free male was an Athenian citizen. The citizens were allowed to vote, participate in politics, own land, and much more. Living…

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  • Peisistratus's Polis

    them from each other. Sparta was a very exclusive and rigid polis with an emphasis on battle, blood, and courage whereas Athens’s concentration tuned towards communication, trade, and government. While Athens, is very well known for the birth of democracy it is important and necessary to see and acknowledge the development of Greece’s overall political…

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