Today we shall vote to go to war and ally with the spartains and risk everything or to surrender and become slaves.
Tomorrow you shall go to war against the persians and hopefully win, so go fight for me.
The Athenans were a direct democracy meaning that the Athenan men would vote for changes in the athenan government. Also meaning they all had a say in the government. this is diffrent from our government because we elect represenitives that speak for us in the house of represenitives. in the picture before the persians attacked all the men gathered to vote to go to war or not. There were speakers there to try to sway the votes to one side or the other too.
The spartains had a monarchy. So a King/Queen made all the fianl decsians in the end and becaue the Spartians were very proud they stood and fought for better or worse.
to vote the athenans would throw rocks into a barrel to dicide what to do. before the persians attacked the athenians decided to ally with the spartains and they won but then they divided and attacked each other.