Democracy in Ancient Athens

 Democracy in Ancient Athens

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  • In the democracy of Athens, every citizen has the right to vote. In our city-state, the people govern and the majority rule.
  • The idea of democracy, which is a form of government that is run by the people, was originated here in Athens
  • The democracy of ancient Athens began around 500 B.C, which is when the athenians were given the right to vote.
  • Anybody else who lived in Athens did not get the democracy like the free men from Athens.
  • During the 500 B.C period, the democracy of Athens was only given to men who were from Athens.
  • In the year of 549 B.C, a man named Solon helped to reduce the gap between the rich and poor. The poor citizens gained the right to sit in the assemblys and vote.
  • After that, a man named Cleisthenes gave every citizen equal rights. He also happened to create the legeslavtive branch where members were picked randomly.
  • The juries to the courts are often very large. Sometimes these juries often are numbering hundreds, sometimes thousands.
  • Athens has tried to make court cases fair. The citizens get no lawers, but each citizen was supposed to have his own case to confront in the court.
  • In the end, every citzen is expect to vote and to serve the government if it is necessary. Because of the great dmeocracy, citizens of Athens get to choose whether or not they wish to participate. This also concludes to the fact that all Athenians pull their weight in this democracy.
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