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For thousands of years civilizations have tried to achieve the perfect society and tried to convince others to use it as a model Some successfully achieved their goal while others sadly failed in this attempt and Athens is one of these societies It had tried to make the best possible society by inserting in it the finest government and implanting pride in its citizens For some time Athens flourished and created an Empire from its peoples pride but is that enough Is there something behind this ideal picture Athens may be a city full of excellent qualities but its system has various flaws in it Sometimes one must look below the surface and in Athens there is more Athens is not the ideal model for societies because of its hypocrisy and excessive pride that blind it from the reality of life When a close analysis is made in the Athenian society hypocrisy is a present but buried factor that reveals the real face of Athenian politics Hypocrisy is found in the depth of Athenian government their democracy is a fake one Pericles defines democracy as being an administration that favors the many instead of the few Pericles However it was known that the whole country was in the hands of a few persons Part 2 Athenian constitution and that franchise was given to all those who could furnish themselves with military equipment Part 4 constitution Therefore all those who got franchise were rich because they would have needed money to furnish themselves with the military equipment needed How can this be called a democracy if only rich MEN are included Aristotle an Athenian considers in one of his texts criticizing Sparta that since many things were managed by womenand men long away from homethe influence of Lacedaemonian women has been most mischievous Spartan Women This shows how much women were not considered capable of accomplishing any governmental tasks nor being considered a
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