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Democracy takes on many forms and continues to be a difficult concept to define accurately In Aristophanes The Acharnians he almost gives the readers immediate insight into the opinion of this comic poet regarding the Greek democratic system and its representatives Six years after the start of the Peloponnesian Wars in 431 AD Aristophanes examines the suffering of his country Athens and writes a play Using his play he decides to express his strong feelings against this war By making a mockery of democracy and idiots of those in office Aristophanes hopes to convince the Athenians of how senseless the war was The emotions of Aristophanes was directly related to his mistrust of democracy Furthermore he has a disgust with the views and actions of the elected officials and had a sincere belief that being honest with the citizens of Athens will bring peace In order to describe the feelings of Aristophanes about democracy a short description of Greek democracy needs to be given What was democracy like during the Golden Age of Athens Greece was divided into city-states This division was caused more by land topography than by government rulers Chambers 54 Each was a polis run by elected officials after many political reforms The polis was designed to search for truth and use logic and reasoning Athens was a large polis represented by nine administrators or archons known as the executive committee Each was elected by lot Civic positions were also filled by lot This system was thought to prevent
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