Was Ancient Athens truly democratic? The definition of democracy is “ rule by the people”, so.. was Ancient Athens ruled by the people? No Ancient Athens was not TRULY democratic, evidence supports why it wasn’t. “The franchise is open to all men who are of citizen birth by both parents” (Document B) Basically in order to be a citizen, both your parents have to, and you have to be a male. This is not just. Women should have say in what they believe is right and wrong, so pretty much ancient Athens wasn’t ruled by the people, so therefore isn’t truly democratic. “ On occasion of their enrollment, the current citizens give their votes first on whether the new candidates appear to be the age set by the law” (Document B) Although the people have a say in whether he is of age, only the men have a opinion. In a way Ancient Athens was truly democratic, but at the same time wasn’t. 29,000 or 12% had an ability to …show more content…
(Document D) This precisely states that Ancient Athens was a truly democratic in a sense, but still is run by the male citizens. Today's democracy in America is run by representatives of the people, in fact today’s democracy is run by all citizens over the age of eighteen. Athenian demokratia is run by male citizens, and are essentially their own representatives.
“Once a year Athenians would meet and vote on a simple question: Is anyone … becoming a threat to the democracy?”( Document E) In addition to this if a simple majority agreed and said yes that person was exiled for ten years. Although it may settle further anti-democracy problems it did not have to be exercised. It was an intelligent idea, however it was pretty much unfair.
So was Ancient Athens truly democratic? Ancient athens was not truly democratic. There are so many reasons why it indeed wasn’t. They may have not had representatives but overall the good weighs out the