The Differences and Similarities in Ancient Athenian Democracy and Modern New Zealand Democracy.

2292 Words Mar 29th, 2013 10 Pages
Athenian Democracy and Modern New Zealand democracies

This essay will explain the themes and patterns of ancient Athenian democracy and modern New Zealand democracy, their similarities and differences, cultural expectations and codes of behaviour.

Greek civilizations thrived for almost 1300 years ago. Ancient Greeks lived in Greece and countries we now call Turkey and Bulgaria. They became very powerful they were the most powerful between 2000 BC and 146 BC.
One king or monarch did not rule ancient Greece. They were
There were a number of city-states, each of which had its own constitution/rules. Athens, Sparta and Corinth for example. Some had kings, and some, like Athens had a form of democracy.
Ancient Greece was a very civilized and
…show more content…
In Athens, the population was divided into four social classes based on their wealth and how much land they owned. People could change classes if they made more money. In Sparta, all male citizens were equal if they finished their education. Athenians owned many slaves’ even poor families had some slaves these slaves were captured when the army invaded countries and took them back to be slaves. Slaves had no power or statuses they did have the right to make a family and own land if their owners allowed it but they didn’t have political rights at all one third to two fifths of some Greece states population was made up of slaves. Slaves couldn’t fight back because their nationalities were to scattered and they couldn’t meet together because they weren’t allowed outside alone.
A little less than half the population were citizens. Male citizens older than18 who had military training and did not owe any money to the state could vote.
Everyone assembled at an “Assembly” anyone not there couldn’t vote. Votes were almost always “For” and “Against”. Normally this would have been done by people raising their hands in the air they weren’t counted one by one but by judges would look around and decide which side hade the most votes. The Boule was a council of 500 men who would decide what the votes were based on; for a citizen to get an issue voted on they’d need to find
Open Document