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Title: Early Democracy


1
Early Democracy
  • Macdonald
  • World History

2
Early Greece
  • Early Greece series of small, independent
    city-states
  • No single ruler
  • Each city-state had its own govt
  • Athens biggest city state

3
Athens
  • Around 300 BC, developed 1st democracy
  • Adult male citizens who owned land could
    participate in govt by electing nobles to rule
  • Still not full democracy

4
Solon
  • Around 600 BC, new leader named Solon in Greece
  • Took steps to open govt to more ppl (made it
    more democratic)
  • Outlawed slavery based on debt
  • Est. classes of citizenship based on wealth all
    could vote
  • All free adult males were citizens
  • Any person could accuse another of wrongdoing
  • Still only 1/10 of ppl could participate

5
Pericles
  • Later, another ruler named Pericles made more
    changes
  • Increased paid officials
  • Paying jurors
  • More ppl could now be involved in govt
  • Although all ppl couldnt participate, GREECE IS
    KNOWN AS THE WORLDS 1st DEMOCRACY!

6
Greek Philosophers
  • During Solons time, many thinkers used logic and
    reason to learn about the world
  • Believed all ppl could use reason therefore
    share ideas (necessary to a democracy)

7
Greek Philosophers
  • Socrates encouraged students to question what
    they believed (by asking hard questions)
  • Plato wrote The Republic argued best govt
    one ruled not by richest, but by philosopher
    kings who were wise
  • Aristotle wrote Politics believed it was
    human nature to live w/ rules under a govt

8
Early Rome
  • During the early Roman empire, a series of kings
    ruled
  • Around 509 BC, developed into first republic
  • ROME REPUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

9
Roman Republic
  • Expanded the right to rule to citizens through
    written laws called the Twelve Tables
  • Est. idea that all citizens had right to be
    treated fairly same laws applied to all
  • Est. govt w/ 3 branches incl. legislative branch
    to make laws called Senate

10
Greek Roman Influences
  • Write a paragraph that explains how Greece and
    Rome influenced the United States government.
    What specific practices did we borrow from the
    early Greeks? The Romans?
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