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Title: Ancient Greece


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Ancient Greece
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Democracy
  • Ancient Greece (Athens) was the birthplace of
    democracy.

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  • Democracy- government by the people.

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Government by the people means
  • every citizen gets a vote.

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What is a citizen?
  • In ancient Greece a citizen was any free person
    who was born in a city-state.
  • Men and women were citizens.
  • Only men could vote.

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Ancient Grecians had a direct democracy.
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In a direct democracy people vote to make their
own rules and laws.
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Greek Legislature
  • Every male over 30 citizen was a member of the
    Legislature.
  • The Legislature made laws for the city state.
  • Every male person got to vote on every law.

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Greek Council
  • The legislature elected Council members.
  • You had to be a landowner to be elected to
    Council.
  • Anything voted on by the Legislature had to be
    approved by the Council first.

10
Judges
  • A person had to go through a year of testing to
    be a judge.
  • Once a person passed the testing, he became a
    judge for life.

11
Trivia
  • The city state of Athens had the most famous
    direct democracy. Other city states patterned
    their governments after Athens.

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  • The legislature passed laws.
  • The legislature decided on wars.
  • The legislature made economic policy.
  • The legislature elected Council members.
  • The legislature met 40 times each year.

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  • Any citizen was allowed to speak on any topic.
  • If you spoke, but werent knowledgeable about the
    topic, you would be laughed out of the Assembly.
  • Any citizen could tell stories about any other
    citizen in the legislature .
  • People didnt want to do bad things for fear
    they would be

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  • Votes could be taken by show of hands or by
    balloting.
  • People who wanted to be Council members might lie
    about owning land.
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