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Athens was Classical Greeces most famous city-stateIn the Classical Athenss societymen were recognized as the superior beingswhereas women and slaves were the lower form of peoples in the society at that timePerry et al 199663In this essay Ill first investigate the rights of Classical Athenian women and slaves from several different aspects and make comparisons between the two before judging whether women had significantly more rights than slaves Firstlyfrom a political point of viewClassical Athenian society denied both women and slaves from and political rightsThey were not allowed into the AssemblyThis is because Classical Athenians believe that women are unable to reason intellectually they cant translate their reasons effectively and their reasoning lack authority because of their inferior statusCartledge 199370The management of the city-state was strickly permitted to the free-mens onlywho were the superiors as Aristotle once saidThe male is by nature superior and the female inferior and the one rules and the other is ruledAristotle Politics cited in Perry 199663Slaves were diminishedundoubtedlyby the Athenians tooas Aristotle saidHeslavescan recognise intelligence in othersalthough he has none Aristotle Politics Extracts paragraph 5This gives expression that slaves do not have the intelligence to ruleand therefore should be ruled Women and slaves did not take part in any political activities and both shared the same levels in this field of politics The city-state of Classical Athens had a population of around 100000 peopleLewitt 20007and the Assembly was the place to meet to discuss the matters of the city-statebut not all 100000 could attend at once to discussthereforethere was a ruling that said only citizens were allowed to attendLewitt 20007This implied that women and slaves werent citizens of the city-stateCitizenship was given to men that are above 18 years of ageand was heriditarythat clearly excluded womenalthough if they are free-women too and slavesLewitt 20007In other wordswomen and slaves werent given appreciable status as far as the field of politics and civics are concernedPlato said in his book RepublicHenot
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