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Machiavelli - Democratic Roots of Athens Solon's...

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Democratic Roots of Athens Solon’s Reforms (sets foundation for Athenian Democracy): - Reforms nature of debt which threatens the city o When fall into debt, people offer belongings (then when out) they offer their own services (slavery) o Solon proposes that the debt payment of slavery can/should be abolished - Immigration reform o Cutting off immigration is wrong (economic, social, political level) o Let immigrants come in and allow them to become citizens as they offer much to their society - Class Structure o Attacks the bloodline/birth-right structure of being in the aristocracy o Government one that is based exclusively on birth-right to one that has economic/political goals - Crops o One crop robs soil – crop rotation o Need to diversify the crops to allow for variation Will hurt economy less if different crops are grown Polis - Hoplites o Oikos ( Greek = family unit) - Cleisthenes: ( Pericles’ Uncle) – associated with Athenian government o Odd number in jury (521) o
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