Athenian Democracy

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Dustin Bowersett HUM 2220 3/29/2010 Athenian Democracy: History or Myth? When sourcing the roots to our modern-day political system, homage is always paid to Classical Greece where the term democracy first appeared. Some of the most famous philosophers, such as- Socrates, Plato and Aristotle which we derive our very foundation from come from this period in Greece. Surprising to some, Fifth-Forth Century B.C. Athens did not meet present-day standards of democracy. The most obvious signs, being the lack of equality in citizens- women, peasants and slaves where not allowed the right to participate in government affairs, including voting. The educated landowner made up the vast majority of voters in Athens. While some may see this as an unfair tactic to suppress women, peasants and slaves, there may be a very valid reason for Athenian democracy’s discretion. Today we view a democracy as a political system where everyone gets one vote, equal to all other citizen’s votes.
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