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Sally Grey 12 Ab Athenian Demokratia 1. How did Athens and Sparta deal with their internal enemies i.e. the poor? Sparta officially recognised the helots as their enemies. Every year Spartan government declared war on the Helots to stop them revolting. In contrast, Athens dealt with the threat of internal enemy by including them poor in political life. This turned out to be a better way of controlling them because there was no fear of the poor revolting. 2. How did some of the poor benefit from the decisions of the assembly? Many received land holdings abroad, which were awarded through a lottery, pay for military service and benefits - both financial and aesthetic from a large program of public works. 3. Why might the poor of Athens not look to other poleis to see how demokratia worked? Because other demokratia were not as secure as Athenian Demokratia. 4. What was a 'metic'? An immigrant, some one who was not Athenian but was allowed to live there. They did not have rights such as being in the assembly etc. 5. What were the rules of heritance? Heritance was really forward thinking. All land was divided up between all of the sons, which meant that there was no discontent and no one had a huge amount of wealth or power. ...read more.


80 years, because the Macedonians arrived. 21. What as the general assembly called? The Ekklesia 22. How often did the Ekklesia meet? 4 times in a prytany (36 days) 23. How were the days allocated for matters to be discussed? 1 day to take vote of confidence on the officials, then serving to deal with corn supply and defence of country, to hear the laying of certain important accusations and announcements which had become subject to transfer. 1 day to allow formal petitioners to address the subject. 24. How did they deal with emergencies with regard to the allocation of days? The held back meetings towards the end of the prytany. 25. How do you account for the change in numbers attending the ekklesia? People outside of Athens found it hard to get to frequent meetings. They were asked to attend in force as they had no jobs. Poor people couldn't go because they introduced fees to go into the assembly. 26. Why was Pericles considered to be so different from other assembly members? According to Thucydides he was not corrupt. 27. Were all of the members of the ekklesia thought to be honest? If not how were they considered to be dishonest? They all took bribes. ...read more.


Took too long and they had already made written statements. 45. Name one way in which the poor might be discriminated against in court? Couldn't write own testament. 46. What was the Athenian name for a legal writer? Logographs 47. Who could prosecute in Athens? Anyone 48. Sycophants were hated in Athens. Why? They sued rich with false accusations. 49. Why did defendants often talk about past deeds? Sympathy vote. 50. Who tended to benefit most from this course of action? The wealthy. 51. How may the wealthy gain public support for good deeds? Festivals, sponsor ships. 52. What other reason was there for them to perform liturgy? Please the Gods 53. Did Metics have same rights as Athenians? No - not allowed to be on assembly etc 54. How were they represented by? Polemarch 55. What was sum paid for slaves? 72 drachma for child 100-300 for adults 56. What did the slaves do? Farm mine and domestic duties 57. Did everyone own slaves? No 58. What could they not do? Fight for Athens 59. Was it illegal to kill slaves? Yes 60. Could they ever regain freedom? Yes - buy it or earn it. 61. Why were they well treated? So they wouldn't revolt 62. What evidence s there that they weren't happy with what they had? 20,000 escaped ecclesia when captured by Spartans. ...read more.

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