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  • Athens The Codes And Laws
    659 words
    Democracy in Ancient Greece Eddie Witten The Greeks were very advanced for their time. They realized that they need a new form of government and they were able to invent the first democratic government in the world. The democracy that the Greeks came up with was based on two important factors. The first one was the population growth in Athens grew at a very fast rate. The second was the advocating of political, economic, and legal equality for all which some male citizens remembered from the liv...
  • Citizens Of Attica
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    What reforms did Cleisthenes introduce and what were his likely motives for them. Cleisthenes, the son of Megakles, began work on the constitution of Attica (Athens). Unlike Solon, he left no writings to describe himself, so he remains a vague figure. Unlike Solon, Cleisthenes did not receive any clear directions on reform. His achievements were made through the assembly, the government body made up of all the citizens with the responsibility of passing laws. As the head of a rich and aristocrat...
  • Differences Of Republic And Democracy
    678 words
    There is a fundamental difference between a democracy and a republic as it concerned the political entitlement of the citizenry. The citizens of a republic do not participate directly with governmental affairs. The citizens of a republic can however have a say in who does participate. The Roman republic has two prefect systems to prevent dictatorship which didn't work. The Romans called their political system not democracy but republic. Republic is something that belongs to the people. In Rome t...
  • Origin Of The Athenian Democracy
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    Discuss the Athenian definition of democracy. Is the city state the only kind of state in which true democracy can exist? What happens to democracy when it is applied to a society with a large dispersed population? What are other examples of democratic societies besides Athens? Compare and contrast Athenian democracy with American democracy. Is the United States a democracy in the classical sense of the word? The ancient Greek word 'demokratika' was ambiguous. It met literally 'people power'. Bu...
  • Athenian Democracy
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    A Democracy is defined as a government of, by and for the people. Originally, democracy meant rule by the common people. In this sense, and even before the beginning of modern class society, it was very much a class affair. It meant that power should be in the hands of the largest class: the poorest, least educated and the propertyless. As a result, democracy was feared and rejected by the educated, the cultured, and the wealthy. In classical Greece, democracy was seen by the enlightened and the...
  • Athenians Democracy
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    The pathway to achieving a government of social equality in Greece was not without difficulties and deviations. Breaking aristocratic power and influence and giving power to the common people was a process full of many obstructions and difficulties. As J. M Roberts put it! yen democracy emerged out of Athens unexpectedly and at first almost unobserved! | (Roberts, J. M, 2002 p. 196). The changes that took place in their politics were gradual and therefore it was influenced by many rulers, events...
  • Democracy And The Citizens Of The Democracy
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    A democracy is a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving free elections that are periodically held. The necessary moral and intellectual characteristics the citizens of a democracy must possess for the survival and the prosperity of such a form of government include: respect for laws, respect for rights, respect for authority, equal mental worth, and opportunity for all...
  • Citizens Information On Politics Through Newspapers
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    Journalists have two main roles in today's modern political scene. Robert W McChesney describes these two roles as "indispensable functions... within democratic theory". He sets them out as such: First, the media system must provide a rigorous accounting of people in power and people who want to be in power... This is known as the watchdog role. Second, the media system must provide reliable information and a wide range of informed opinions on the important social and political issues of the day...

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