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    Greek Oligarchy Government

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    The word oligarchy comes from the Greek root words oligos (which means “few”) and arkhein (which means “rule”). Between about 800 B.C.E. and 650 B.C.E., most Greek city-states were ruled by a small group of men. These men were called oligarchs, and they often ruled like kings who shared power together. The oligarchs of ancient Greece used their power to make sure they could: • Spend their days hunting or taking part in chariot races • Host and attend parties The oligarchs of ancient Greece also used their power to ignore the needs of the people. They ruled by: • Passing laws that made the rich people richer • Increasing taxes for poor people • Using the army to force the people to obey their laws. Over time, hatred for the oligarchs grew. Eventually, the poor people turned to other leaders who promised to improve their lives. Typically, these new leaders were generals in the army who would use their soldiers to throw the oligarchs out of power. By 650 B.C.E., a stable oligarchy ruled only one city-state: Sparta, which was ruled by two kings who shared…

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    B1. In Aristotle’s ‘Politics’ the best form of democracy and the best form of oligarchy seem to be highly similar. In order to fully understand these forms of government one must be able to further understand certain topics mentioned in book IV of the ‘Politics’. First, one must comprehend the analogy of gymnastics with politics and why Aristotle used this example. Secondly, the bad forms of oligarchy and democracy and why they are bad. Finally, the good forms of oligarchy and democracy and what…

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    Introduction Ancient Greek societies had their fair share of political powers, its rulers and the systems that came with it. In a nation that is considered the forefathers of western culture, it is fascinating to see the various forms of government that people in this society faced on a daily basis. Of course there was often cause for strife in these forms, and each of them served as a building block for its various government system. Specifically, monarchy, aristocracy, tyranny. oligarchy and…

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    Based on Aristotle’s definitions of Oligarchy and Democracy, can America be considered a true democracy? Aristotle points out several forms of government throughout his “Democracy and Oligarchy”. In this work, Aristotle focuses primarily on democracy and oligarchy and makes a strong effort through the use of definitions to distinguish between the many instances these two forms of government are able to exist in and the differences between the them. Using Aristotle’s definitions, let us diagnose…

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    rule by the middle constitutions that involves ruling by a large number of individuals who are both rich and poor. On the other hand, the bad form of government is Tyranny, Oligarchy and Democracy. Tyranny is rule by one leader who submits to his selfish needs and is inconsiderate of the common good. Oligarchy is when the wealthy few rule who serve their best interest, disregarding the interests of the rest. The last form of government is democracy, which is the rule by many people, mainly poor,…

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    Oligarchy In America

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    In my opinion America has transformed into an oligarchy. We live in a world where capitalism rules all. Most people will sell their souls for financial growth or power. The reason I believe that we do not have a democracy is because the majority votes does not matter. We the people, no longer have control over our government. The power rest in the hands of the economic elite and politicians. In a democracy, the government is vested in the people and if majority votes, then it becomes law. For…

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    Ancient Greek Government

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    of governments. Monarchy, oligarchy, tyranny and democracy were the four main types of systems. Starting back in 2000 BC and ending in 2100 BC, in Late Bronze Age, also known as the Mycenaean Period, most were ran by monarchies. From the article “Ancient Greece Government: How They Formed the Basis of our Systems” from paragraph 11 in the website blog.udemy.com it states “Monarchies were quite a rare form of government in Ancient Greece and it is sometimes hard to differentiate between…

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    extremely diverse across the many city-states and varied greatly over time. Depending on the area of Greece and the era, the power could have been in the hands of one person, in either a Monarchy or a Tyranny, in the hands of a few, in an Oligarchy or an Aristocracy and lastly, in the hands of every single male citizen, as seen in a Democracy. Last week we became somewhat familiar with Ancient Athenian government and the roles it played in introducing the concept of Democracy to the world.…

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    They arise from the misunderstood permeated in the very foundations of ordinary states. Inequality is the result of bad and over-simplistic ideas about justice. These ideas have consequences, and many times lead to revolutions. Nor democracy nor Oligarchy are excluded from the possibility and reality of revolutions. Democracy, however, being by definition formed by the idea of making everyone equals, is considered by Aristotle to be more stable than Oligarchy, which is lead by extreme views of…

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    In Book V, Socrates was about to explain his views of injustice. He was going argue examples of injustice, but then Polemarchus and Adeimantus asked him to continue his views about the Guardians. In Book VIII Socrates finally returns to his views and gives examples of unjust societies and unjust men. There is a total of five types of constitutions. Within these five there are four bad constitutions and one good. The four bad constitutions are listed in order; Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and…

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