Athens weren’t a democracy because they didn’t allow citizen women, foreigners, or slaves to vote. Athens didn’t allow people to think differently or they'd be killed or sent away. Many people had barely any rights because they were either slaves, women, or people who weren't born in a Athens couldn’t participate
Pericles takes time to laud democracy as a form of government. He believes the division of political power equally amongst citizens inevitably leads to laws that benefit the Athenian people as a whole. This in turn increase overall equality, and by extension, social mobility. Such a government is a just government in the eyes of Pericles, and thus, a shining example of Athenian superiority. “[Athens’] administration favors the many instead of the few; this is why it is called a democracy. If we look to the laws, they afford equal justice to all in their private differences; if no social standing, advancement in public life falls to reputation for capacity, class considerations not being allowed to interfere with merit; nor again does poverty bar the way, if a man is able to serve the state, he is not hindered by the obscurity of his condition.” (2.37.1).
The Greek society was a direct democracy with people voting on the issues themselves instead of representatives voting on their behalf. Any male citizen over the age of eighteen was allowed to vote. Like the Romans, the Greek government was divided into separate parts. The Greek government consisted of an assembly, council, and courts, with each requiring a different number of voters present. The people all gather and vote on issues by hand, and this is the simplest form of majority rules. The role of the people is extremely important in how the society and state is governed and run. This early form a democracy was detailed by Pericles funeral oration during the Peloponnesian War. Pericles was an eminent Athenian politician who states in regards to the government of Athens, “Its administration favors the many instead of the few; this is why it is called a democracy (Pericles, “Funeral Oration”, pp. 2)”. Here, Pericles states that the people have all the power and their opinion is highly valued. Likewise, the Romans valued the people’s opinions so highly that they entrusted with them rewards and punishments, vital aspects that held the society together. Pericles also states, “…nor again does poverty bar the way, if a man is able to serve the state, here is not hindered by the obscurity of his condition (Pericles, “Funeral Oration”, pp. 2)”. Here is the essence of democracy, every man no
One can say the book talks about on how one as human desire or achieve the seven deadly sins which one case it's our system that we have these but tend to hold back because of what society might think of one. In Greek and especially Athena’s like to demonstrate to the world on how they were best and not just that but have many desired food, drinking and sexual intercourse. The book Courtesans and Fishcakes is split into 3 parts where he focus on and spreads out to see the bigger picture and it starts with eating, drinking, sex. From this desire come economics , politics and society and from this politics and politicians is made as well tyranny and revolution. There are different levels of classes and in Athens is no acceptation of this however Davison focus on all around the Athena people , but the wealthy were the ones to experience this desire the most and if they wanted to share with the people they did it in order to reach greater power. Davison in every section goes back the first part he talks about eating, drinking and sex on how this is the base for how society function. The desire of the ancient Greek of Athens is pointing on eating, drinking and sex having this as the pillars in the Athenian
When evaluating the government of ancient Athens, some might say that it was a democracy, however, it can be better described as an oligarchy: a form of government in which a small group of people has the power and control (Doc. D by Mogens Herman Hansen). A democracy takes all the citizens’ opinions and thoughts into account, unlike an oligarchy that only takes the male citizens’ opinions and thoughts into account. Thus, Athens is more similar to an oligarchy than a democracy. The people of Athens also decide as a whole what the best government for their city-state was, as opposed to a democracy where the people elect representatives to make decisions for them and their city-state. Athens could be seen as not a true democracy because of the lack of basic democratic rules and methods such as what they define democracy as, who is able to vote, and how they vote.
Ancient Athens (800 B.C. - 300 B.C.) is not a democracy. A democracy is a government controlled by the population, whereas the Athenian government was being controlled by only male citizens. According to Doc D, the ancient Athens were in fact an oligarchy, a government ruled by male citizens. The majority of the population does not vote in the Athenian politics.
Ancient Athens was built on a democratic government. A democracy is when a government allows all of its people, no matter what class and how wealthy they are, to vote and agree on their own laws. There are many documents and resources that can prove that Ancient Athens was truly built to be a democratic government.
Paragraph 2: Topic Sentence: Athens had a strong government to run the polis, for that reason people consider it being a golden age. Evidence Analysis #1: Athens is extremely well known for having a democracy as a government. They tried to treat all citizens equal no matter what your job was. They gave people right to vote for events that they wanted an opinion in (Doc C). It made people feel as if they had a say in their daily lives.
One of the basic themes of the book is that the thought and the art of classical Athens is full of meaning for people of later generations. It is the full of meaning for nations, cultures and societies beset by broad-scale and profound social and political change and the accompanying confusion and fear produced in the minds and souls of human beings.
The Acropolis (Athens, Greek) is a city on the hills with four magnificent buildings around. The city built 495-425 BC near the Athens, city of Athens. The meaning of the Acropolis is come from an Acro means highest point and the polis means city. Persians in 490 BCE and again in 480-479BCE destroyed the city in the early Classical period and Athens becomes the dominant political power in that time and a great see and trading power. The Acropolis is a proof of human and Greek ancient who they were created, these huge architectural buildings with a lot of work and creativity this city is a great example of architectural ancient Greek history.
Written by the American School of Classical studies, this source is reliable as it gives detailed information about the artefacts that have been discovered in Athens including foundations of the New Bouleuterion and tools Ancient Athenians used in order to write laws and records the source included pictures of these historical artefacts. In addition, the source is provided by the American school of classical studies, the school access to research facilities and archaeological sites this then means that this source has access to primary source and reliable secondary sources therefore the reliability is enhanced. The source was useful in giving me understanding in the geographical location and structures used in the practices carried out by the democratic government in Ancient Athens. Whilst the information did give me insight into the structures involved in the democratic system, it was not used in my essay as it did not provide any information that can prove my thesis, therefore meaning the
The astonishing cultural legacy of ancient Athens can leave the impression that ordinary Athenians during the Golden Age spent their leisure-filled lives contemplating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. This refreshing look at Greeks at play corrects that idea. By examining the pleasures of eating, drinking, and sex, Davidson is able to draw broader conclusions about the distinctiveness of Athenian culture as a whole. For instance, the author makes much of the Athenians’ obsessive predilection for fish: unlike beef or mutton, fish was not a sacrificial or religious food and could be enjoyed for its own qualities, and fish consumption became a hallmark of urban sophistication, if not decadence. Wine, he shows, was central to Athenian merry-making,
The last Olympic swimmer just touched the wall and the race has ended. Cameras are replaying every single movement from the race and a winner has been clearly decided. Just as these Olympic swimmers will gain a medal for placing, ancient Athens had numerous accomplishments of its own. Athens “prosperity … was due in large part to its stable and effective government” (SOURCE 1). When analyzing the history of ancient Athens, is easy to see how the accomplishments of a democracy, Greek philosophy, and Greek literature all shape Athens.
Greece is a beautiful country that everyone wants to visit, but was it always glamorous? There are many reasons why you shouldn’t move to ancient Greece during 430-429 BC. In this essay, I’ll be persuading the reader not to move to my civilization. This essay will be about how war and diseases affect this civilization. I’ll be discussing how war and the lack of information on contagious diseases cause innocent people to die.