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How Did Democracy Develop in Athens?

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Anne Marie Conrad

on 3 December 2014

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Democracy in Athens was a direct democracy. In a direct democracy the people decide on the policy initiatives directly. The major decisions of the state were made by general assemblies in which all citizens could participate.
When It All Started...
In 507 B.C.E. demokratia, or "rule by the people" was introduced as a series of political reforms by the Athenian leader Cleisthenes. Then, around 470 B.C.E., Athenian politician Pericles came to the scene and helped develop these ideas into a more substantial political system for the Athenians.
Before Democracy
Athens and most other Greek city-states were dominated by governments of aristocracy and tyranny. The people of Athens were unsatisfied with these systems and continually demanded better forms of government.
Democracy in Athens was started largely thanks to the philosopher and politician Pericles. He dominated Athenian politics and ruled by wise influence and negotiation. Pericles believed that all citizens should partake in government and was the first to offer a stipend to men in office. This action allowed any citizen to be involved, regardless of their economic standing.

Early Beginnings
One of the earliest forms of democracy in Athens was a legislative council of 500. All citizens were eligible for this council. However, citizens were only free, Greek-born males of a certain age. They worked on laws and improved the government system.
How Did Democracy Develop in Athens?
Anne Marie Conrad
Destinee Edwards
Danielle Manio
Genesis Millward
Noah Shigley
Democracy was born in the Greek city-state Athens. Here, democratic ideals were allowed to thrive.
Council of 500
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