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Socrates and the Athenian democracy of the fifth century BC are very well known to us today The first a great Greek philosopher who profoundly affected Western philosophy The second a great idea and form of government of the ancient city-state of Athens These two would come to a clash resulting the condemnation and death of Socrates after trial Socrates conflict with the Athenian democracy was theoretically reconcilable but not practicable His beliefs and the way he supports them seem to be ideal This though does not necessarily mean that they are applicable in the Athenian society of that time This I will try to prove in the continuation It is important to understand first the norms of conventional good Athenian citizenship and what were exactly the beliefs and practices of Socrates The most important aspect of Athenian democracy is the fact that power is in the hands not of a minority but of the whole peopleThucydides II37 Decisions are made after being discussed and voted Each citizens vote stands equal regardless of occupation or economic status This is according to the Athenians the fairest political system which actually helps the city-state improve and develop The majority of the citizens are satisfied since decisions are made based on their votes and those who dont agree could present their arguments and try to persuade others It is the duty and responsibility of the Athenian citizen to be interested and to participate in public affairs since they are considered to be most important for the general good Citizens have the freedom to express their opinions elaborate on them and to listen to what others have to say This gives them the chance to contradict what they believe is not right and the opportunity to hear perhaps a better suggestion It can be concluded therefore that they are able to improve themselves by developing their ideas and hearing propositions which perhaps they did not consider before People
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