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Development of Democracy in Athens Development of Democracy in Athens Democracy comes from two Greek words a noun demos which means people and a verb kratein which means to rule Ober 120 Democracy first appeared in Athens towards the beginning of the fifth century BC The biggest difference between Athenian democracy and almost all other democracies is that the Athenian version was a direct democracy rather than being representative Democracy came about in Athens as a result of the growing navel power and the reforms made by leaders such as Cleisthenes and Pericles The city-state of Athens 5th century Athens to be precise is the inventor and first practitioner of democracy So for 4000 years men and women lived under forms of government other than democratic For some 2500 years now democracy has existed with varying degrees of consistency of theory and practice But it all began in the 5th century before Christ in Athens The development of democracy can be attributed to the development of Athens as naval power With the growing navel so grew the political voice of the lowest property classes who provided the crews for the ships Demand 222 To some extent the Athenian reliance on sea power helped the course of democracy The biggest difference between Athenian democracy and all other democracies is that the Athenian version was a direct democracy rather than representative It would seem the kind of direct democracy that Athens had might lead to anarchy at the worst and arbitrary decisions or unstable policies at the least Both ancient and modern democratic experiments have shown that the will of the people sometimes is undeceive changing to and fro with every rhetorical wind that blows Yet as surprising as it may seem Athenian democracy worked fairly well The main reason for its success was the quality of the citizens From the days of Solon the Athenians like the rest of the Greeks had a deep respect for
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