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Cleisthenes Of Athens (Greek statesman)

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Statesman regarded as the founder of Athenian democracy, serving as chief archon (highest magistrate) of the city-state (525–524). Cleisthenes successfully allied himself with the popular Assembly against...
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Greece is of course known as the birthplace of democracy and Cleisthenes is generally regarded as the father of democracy.  Political responsibility was in the hands of the people and no longer restricted to the wealthy.  

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The Internet Classics Archive | The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, part of the Internet Classics Archive
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Archaic Period - Ancient Greek History

Information on history of ancient Greece. Minoan, Neolithic period, Bronze Age, Mycenaean, Dark Ages, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Period and other ancient civilizations.
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Oligarchies were the most common form of government in ancient Greece.  Oligarchies were mostly run by the wealthiest citizens in a state.  Many were overthrown by tyrants so it would seem that oligarchies were not popular with the people. 

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This passage gives a generous amount of info on the Greek Archaic period. Going over how the Greeks during the Archaic period were developing there footing as separate tribes traveling around and sometimes settling. These tribes eventually became the city-states we know of today. Towards the end of the Archaic period the Greeks started developing different forms of government leading up to the forming of a democratic government inspiring governments of generations to come.

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Greek law

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Legal systems of the ancient Greeks, of which the best known is the law of Athens. Although there never was a system of institutions recognized and observed by the nation as a whole as its legal order,...
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Ancient Political Philosophy (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Ancient political philosophy is understood here to mean ancient Greek and Roman thought from the classical period of Greek thought in the fifth century BCE to the end of the Roman empire in the West in the fifth century CE...

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The Greeks' philosophy regarding their concept of justice and how it shaped their politics is very interesting.  Also the fact that lower class citizens could have a say in politics instead of simply being run by a few high ranking elites.

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BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: The Democratic Experiment

BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: The Democratic Experiment | Ancient Greek Government | Scoop.it
Professor Paul Cartledge reveals the roots of Western Democracy.
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15. Athenian Democracy

Introduction to Ancient Greek History (CLCV 205) In this lecture, Professor Kagan describes the mechanics of the Delian League and its transformation into th...
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Ancient History Sourcebook: 11th Brittanica: Delian League

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The delian league was a collaboration between Greek city-states to protect against a common danger (ex. the Persians).  To organize and maintain a force like that is a testament to the determination that the Greeks had to protect their homeland.

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The Greeks - Sparta: Government and classes

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A system of two kings is highly irregular and not something that you you see with many other civilizations ancient or otherwise.  Their brutal treatment of the helots is pretty interesting considering that the helots outnumbered the Spartans. 

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Thomas R. Martin, An Overview of Classical Greek History from Mycenae to Alexander, The Late Archaic City-State, Tyranny in the City-States

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The tyrants of ancient Greece don't necessarily conform to our modern view of tyrants.  Ancient Greek tyrants were generally wealthy aristocrats and sometimes preserved existing laws of the systems they overthrew.    

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Greek Government

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The ancient Greeks were particularly concerned with such fundamental questions as who should rule and how? 

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It's pretty impressive that ancient Greece had so many types of government.  Democracy, monarchies, oligarchies and tyrannies all shaped Greece and its various city-states. 

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Ancient Greeks: The Revolution of Democracy | History Channel Documentary

The Greeks: Crucible of Civilization It was perhaps the most spectacular flourishing of imagination and achievement in recorded history. In the Fourth and Fi...
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