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Athens Ancient Athens could be known as the first pure democracy or a progressive government The Athenians were the first culture to develop any sort of government system that could slightly resemble the modern day organization In Ancient times Athens was ruled by the king Ageais then around 750BC the people in Athens developed on Aristocracy which would greatly favor the rich and landowners to be a citizen in Athens you had to be a landowner Now one thing that the Athenians established was a figured called the Archon The nobles would elect three archons to rule and oversee the city-state There was the War Archon who was the general of the armies there was the King Archon who was also the chief priest and last of all there was The Archon who was head of the government Now after a few years the lower class began to complain about the laws because none of the laws were written down and at any time the nobility were able to modify them for their own profit Then in 621BC The Archon named Draco was the first to write down the laws so now there was a reference as well as severe punishment for breaking them something as small as penny theft and you could be sentenced to death And also if you werent able to pay off debts you were enslaved to the person who you barrowed the money from until you were able to pay off the debt Now around this time the Athenians were colonizing out and around the Mediterranean and from this colonization came the Ionians Now between these colonies and Athens friendly ties were formed and trade evolved through the exchange of grains wheat and raw fabrics such as tin and lumber From the ability to be able to trade more wealthy individuals began to form a class And meanwhile these people were also developing trade and manufacturing at a fast
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