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5th bce century greece The 5th century BCE was a period of great development in Ancient Greece and specifically Athens The development of so many cultural achievements within Athens and the Athenian Empire has led historians to deem this period a Golden Age It is true that this period had many achievements but in light of the Athenians treatment of women metics and slaves it is a question whether or not the period can truly be called Golden During the 5th century some amazing achievements were accomplished in Athens One very important achievement was the minting of standard Athenian coins that could be used as a common currency through out the polis This accomplishment helped establish and maintain control over the economy Also the Athenian economy was boosted by tributes from states that it controlled and after the Persians sacked the city during the Persian wars Pericles rebuilt it with great structures He used the treasures of war to rebuild temples public grounds and most famous the Parthenon Not only did Athens make strides in the economy and architecture but also made great accomplishments in politics Athens crowning achievement is arguably their foundation of democracy There new democracy intitled all white male Athenian citizens of the age of eighteen or older to be able to vote at the Assembly which made all of the important decisions This form of government shows how enlightened Athens was but also how far they had to go to achieve a real democracy All women slaves and metics had absolutely no say in the Assembly The only factor that slowed the progress of Athens was her rivalry with Sparta It had started during the Persian war when the two sides had started an open rivalry for alliances with other states After many years of domestic politics in Athens complicating relations in its state Athenian democracy threatened the oligarchies of other states These states then turned to Sparta for
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