Life in two City States: Athens and Sparta

Life in two City States: Athens and Sparta

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  • Life in Two City States: Athens and Sparta
  • By: Johnny Smith
  • Hello! welcome to the Council of 500 of Athens
  • The Job of the Council of 500 was to run the day to day basis of the government
  • Each year, the names of all Free Athenian-born men 30 years of age or older were collected
  • However we didn't have much power
  • The Council of Elders consisted of two kings and 28 other men
  • The Council of Elders held the real power in Sparta. It prepared laws for the Assembly to vote on and had the power to stop any laws passed by the Assembly that council members opposed.
  • This is the Council of Elders
  • To be elected to the Council of Elders, men had to be at least 60 years old and from a noble family.
  • here in Athens we trade to get the things we need usually we trade out honey, olive oil, silver, and beautifully painted pottery.  
  • in Athens we use golden coins with an Owl stamped on one side as currency     (or money)
  • the land around Athens was not good for farming so we had to trade.
  • in Sparta we use conquest to get the resources we can't grow ourselves
  • in Sparta we use heavy iron bars as our currency (or money)
  • boys went to school until about the age of 14. Instructors taught reading, writing, arithmetic, and literature. Because books were rare and very expensive, students had to read subjects out loud and memorize everything. 
  • Athenians believed that a good citizen should have both an intelligent mind and a healthy body. Therefore, book learning and physical training were equally important. 
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