What did democracy really mean in Athens? - Melissa Schwartzberg
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How important is service to your government? In ancient Greece, it was extremely important. In fact, those who did not participate could be fined, and painted red! Although, it may have not been a democracy for all who lived there, all male citizens had the right to equality, freedom of speech and right to participate in governmental decisions. In fact, it was almost an expectation. Read more about the process and its importance to the citizens here. What if too much power was gained? Votes to banish or exile individuals with too much power were taken on secret ballots written on broken pottery called ostrakon. If the vote passed, the person was “ostracized” (notice how similar these two words are?).
What is democracy good for? What is it not good for? Listen to political scientist Josiah Ober discuss this topic. What do you think? Have an opinion?
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