Democracy : The Foundations Of The Athenian Democracy

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The principal of Democracy is something that we often fail to appreciate. Democracy means a government that allows the public to be heard by having periodically held elections.
During 507 B.C., The Athenian leader of Cleisthenes introduced a system of political reforms were called demokratia which means democracy.
The Demokratia system was comprised of three separate institutions the ekklesia, a sovereign governing body that wrote laws and dictated foreign policy; the boule, a council of representatives from the ten Athenian tribes; and the dikasteria, the popular courts in which citizens argued cases before a group of lottery-selected jurors. The Athenian democracy only survived for two centuries, Cleisthenes invention was one of ancient Greece’s most lasting contributions to the modern world. In Athens in the middle of the 4th century there were about 100,000 citizens. Athenian citizenship was limited to men and women whose parents had also been Athenian citizens, about 10,000 metoikoi, or “resident foreigners” and 150,000 slaves. Between those people the male citizens that were older than 18 were a part of the demos, which meant only about 40,000 people could participate in the democratic process.
Athenian democracy was made up of three important institutions. The first was the Ekklesia, or Assembly, the sovereign governing body of Athens. 40,000 adult male citizens were welcome to attend the meetings of the Ekklesia, that were held 40 times per year in a

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