Forms of Greek Government

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  • Did you know there were five greek forms of government in ancient Greece?
  • There were multiple city-states and each city-state had their own way of governing and they ruled their surrounding areas.
  • The five were monarchy, oligarchy, aristocracy, tyranny, and finally democracy. Let's go see those governments.
  • The first form of government was monarchy from 2000 B.C. to 1200 B.C. Monarchy was a government ruled by a single person, such as a king, and the power was often inherited.
  • Sometimes there were consequences for this. For example when a new king inherits the thrown, he could be selfish and bring the whole city-state down. If the king were selfish, the citizens in the city-states could start a protest.
  • As you can see here, the few leaders are discussing what laws and decisions they should make. Sometimes the few rulers would not agree, this could lead to fighting and the government could potentially fall apart.
  • Oligarchy was next. This was a government that was ruled by a few. It was established from 1200 B.C.-600 B.C.
  • Aristocracy was a government ruled by a few nobles, who were usually very rich. It flourished in Ancient Greece around 621 B.C. - 508 B.C. They got into power because they were rich.
  • The nobles could be very full of themselves and take all of the food. This could lead the city-states into famine.
  • Tyranny was a form of government that was ruled by one powerful person who seized power with force. This was established in ancient Greece from 600B.C-500B.C.
  • Here the ruler is talking to his body guards. The ruler needs body guards because sometimes the people were unhappy with their ruler, because the rulers ciud sometimes abuse the privalege of holding all the power.
  • The next form of government is democracy. This came around because some city-states, such as Athens, wanted to give their citizens a voice.
  • This is the government form that Ancient Greece left us behind with. A man named Solon was granted special powers in 594 B.C, and he played a great part in the beggining of democracy. Many countries still use democracy today.
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