04. The Greek City-State

04. The Greek City-State - -No Greek is known to have...

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The Greek City-State - Greeks lived in more than a thousand separate city-states - All free inhabitants were considered citizens and all free men could participate in governance - Not ruled by Kings, based upon the concept of free citizens sharing power in governing - Expectation of equal treatment under the law for citizens regardless of their social status or wealth - In some city-states, there was an oligarchy or tyranny - By some means, either the Hoplite Revolution or otherwise, the poor gained equal rights to the rich - Inclusiveness did not extend to slaves – slaves were completely alienated from polis society, and were, in Aristotle’s words, “living tools”
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Unformatted text preview: -No Greek is known to have called for the abolition of slavery-Paternalism let men control reproduction and the inheritance of property-Monogamous marriage was the rule, however, males could have sex with slaves, foreign concubines, female prostitutes, or willing pre-adult citizen males-Sparta ranked regimentation and obedience as the highest social values in order to control Helot slaves-Athens took the first steps towards democracy o Created a council to guide the legislation o Empowered any citizen to bring charges in court on behalf of any victim and to appeal any magistrate’s judgments to the assembly...
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