Ancient Greek Democracy Interview

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This storyboard is an interview between a reporter and an Ancient Greek citizen of Athens about democracy.

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  • Who was responsible for creating both types of democracy in Greece?
  • The Athenian leader Cleisthenes introduced direct democracy. Therefore, Athens is the first major example of direct democracy. However, representative democracy wasn’t used until the early days of Ancient Rome, before the Roman Empire. The famous example of this in Rome was the Senate.
  • What is the difference between a representative democracy and a direct democracy?
  • Direct democracy was where all eligible citizens would directly vote on all issues. However, in a representative democracy, the citizens vote on officials to represent their standpoint in the government. This is more effective when dealing with larger populations, such as the United States, but it can have other consequences (corruption, lobbyists, etc.)
  • When did democracy arise?
  • Greek direct democracy, or “demokratia”, was founded in 507 B.C, forming the basis of Athenian government.
  • Where was direct democracy first used? Where was representative democracy first used?
  • Direct democracy was first used in Athens, Greece. However, one condition was that women, slaves, and anyone from a foreign land could not vote, but everyone that was eligible had to vote every time. Representative democracy was first used in Ancient Rome, after the days of Athens.
  • Why is representative democracy usually more effective than direct democracies when more citizens are involved?
  • Representative democracy is more effective than direct democracy when larger amount of people are involved because citizens vote on people to represent them in government, and people do not have to vote on all issues themselves.
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