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Athens and Sparta Words- 584 Similarities and Differences One of the greatest city states of all time was the city state of Athens from which we take many of our modern ways Their government was a full democracy in which they had an assembly was all male citizens over 25 years old they had the council of five hundred which was chosen by lot of people over 30 and they proposed laws to the assembly Then there was the court where there were no judges and the juries were very large the archons which were the nine people with the most power before the assembly took it away from them The Athenians descended from the Ionians in the attica region Their city was mainly located on acropolis They had all around education which meant everyone was entitled to education not just the rich They were also concerned with money and they also had unproductive soil which meant they would have to find other ways to make money so they became sea traders Unlike Sparta their slaves had legal rights which meant they could be freed if the owners of them thought to do so They also had Draconian laws which were pretty tough laws and sometimes unfair Since they had slaves they had a lot of time to pursue cultural interests and led their society forward intellectually so they got into making dramatic plays for their enjoyment There were three classes of people in Athens the first class were Citizens which were above age 19 then there were Metics which were considered the middle class Then there were slaves which was about as low as you could go So all in all you will see Athens is a lot different then Sparta which I will tell you about now Sparta government was a lot different then Athens they had the five ephors who were overseers and were
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