Democracy Of Ancient Athens : Democracy

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Democracy in ancient Athens In ancient Greek life one of their trademarks was the polis, or city state. “The city-states were small, independent communities which were male-dominated and bound together by race.”(Steven Kreis 2000) Membership in the polis was important and was only passed down to someone within the citizen family, being male. In a polis, citizens are part of a selected part of a group that is superior to the rest of society. The members that are not part of the body of citizens are woman, slaves, and peasants. Men held the power in any given polis. Families that are related by blood in a polis are considered to be strong. The boys would grow up with each other in school and later grow up and fight alongside one another in war. The men would debate in public assemblies, elected a male representative as a magistrate. In the society of the polis citizens were required to participate in military services, intellectual discussions, and religious ceremonies. They were also required to demonstrate and believe in politics and justice. These citizens did not have responsibilities but duties. If they did not uphold their duty they were considered the destruction of their society. Every city-state was unique and different form one another. Not one polis was the same as another. They strived to have their own identity. Ancient Greek was mainly hundreds of city-states among the region acting as their own independent corridor. The importance of the polis is what
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