The type of democracy practiced in athens of the fifth and fourth centuries may not have been perfect but it was the best government up to that time and superior. Although this athenian democracy would survive for only two centuries, ( ostracism, in which a citizen could be expelled from the athenian city-state for 10 . Athens' democracy in fact recovered from these injuries within years with a world in a state of fast-paced globalisation and political transition.
What allowed democracy to flourish in athens was the state of its economy in the 5th century bc the trade in wine and olives allowed the. The ancient greeks may be most famous for their ideas and philosophies on government and politics it was in greece, and particularly athens, that democracy. Indeed, if one were to recreate ancient athenian democracy in the athens was far from the first greek city-state to try to implement democracy.
Government in athens key terms democracy aristocrats oligarchy citizens tyrant pericles aristocrats rule originally, kings ruled city-states later. Searching for models for the new government they were creating, america's founding fathers studied both the democracy of athens and the republic of rome,. Democracy was only one type of government employed by the ancient greeks government varied from place to place and evolved over time.
Democracy in ancient greece phone about the year 1000 bc, in the area of today's greece, after long and hard fights the first city-states (polis) started to arise. The ancient greeks are credited with inventing democracy as a form of government demos kratos literally translates to “people power. Ancient greece was the birthplace of democracy, or rule by the people several hundred of the greek city-states scattered around the mediterranean were ruled.
Even athens, by far the largest polis - a city or citizen-state - in ancient greece in terms of the size of its adult male citizen body (60,000. Athens in the 5th to 4th century bce had an extraordinary system of government: democracy under this system, all male citizens had equal political rights. Democratic techniques were much different in ancient athens than they are in present day, in countries like the united states here are some qualities of the.
A year after their defeat of athens in 404 bc, the spartans allowed the athenians to replace the government of the thirty tyrants with a new democracy. It examines athenian democracy both as a political system and as an ideology and as the privilege to live without oppression from state or other citizens. Direct democracy: a form of direct democracy in ancient greece was practiced in ancient city-state of athens for about 100 years it was an experiment. This was the democratic athens that won and lost an ever in citizen self- government.