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Should ancient Greece be considered the cradle of democracy?

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2009-10-20 00:22:06
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Mesopotamia is called the cradle of civilization because it was the first region to have civilization. Greece is called the cradle of democracy because it was one of the first places to have voting and other qualities of democracies.

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Ancient Greece had much less technology, and their democracy (direct democracy) is very different from the current Greek democracy. Also, Ancient Greece believed in Greek gods and that they caused natural disasters, while today Greece has scientific explanations for natural events. There are many other differences. You should search this on Google.

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First of all, we should note that only Athens and a few other city-states were ever democracies. The vast majority of Ancient Greece was ruled by monarchies or oligarchies and not by elections. However, in Athenian democracy, all of the citizens voted on policies, which made Athens a direct democracy.

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The most important legacy Greece ever gave us was probably democracy. However, Greece should not get that much credit because at the time democracy was formed, Greece was made up of independent city-states. The city-state (Athens today is a regular city) of Athens should get the credit of creating democracy.

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The first appearance of democracy is often said to have been in Athens in Ancient Greece. However one should be aware that there are very great differences on what was considered democracy in Athens and what is considered as democracy today (just as there is a rather large differences between modern democracies). For example only men could vote and these men had to be landowners as well as sons of two athenian parents.

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First of all, we should note that only Athens and a few other Ancient Greek city-states were ever democracies. The vast majority of Ancient Greece was ruled by monarchies or oligarchies and not by elections.However, Ancient Greece was the first place that a form of government in which the governed needed to consent to laws and norms, e.g. a democracy, took root. As a result, people, appropriately call it the first democracy.

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American should Study ancient greece because our forefathers got most of our goverment from them

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The word you are looking for is DEMOCRACY.However,, we should note that only Athens and a few other city-states were ever democracies. The vast majority of Ancient Greece was ruled by monarchies or oligarchies and not by elections. Ancient Athenians had a direct democracy in which all persons entitled to vote would vote on all issues.

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your moms house ^^^^ who ever wrote that was so immature. They should go back to school so they can learn the answer. Which is by the way ANCIENT GREECE.

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Ancient Greece is credited with creating the first democracies. Although there should be noted that Ancient Greexe wasn't a democracy like we know in the modern world. They weren't particularily egalitarian states, since foreigners, slaves, women, and unpropertied males weren't allowed to vote/participate.

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! well I'm Greek so i should know that the ancient Greeks DID invent democracy!

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Classical Ancient Greece was in 500 BC and ancient Greece was in south Europe. There it was very mountainous and the most well known was mount Olympus. The Ancient Greeks believed in Gods and Goddesses. They also started the Olympic games. The past in the modern days is mainly thanks to Ancient Greece. The country you should respect as well as your own is Ancient Greece because they are the modern day past.

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The question should have been: Was Spain in Ancient Greece? Well most of Eastern Spain was part of Ancient Greece. Some well-known Greek colonies in Eastern Spain are Empuries and Roses, both in Catalonia. They were founded by Greeks from Marseille.

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We vote for our leaders today, just like Ancient Greek. We also count ballets and meet up to vote. Not only that, but,like the Ancient Greeks, the leaders(presidents)have debates on why you should vote for them.

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AS Much as I knw it should be HADES, then Poseido and the Zeus

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The ancient Greeks were the first Democrats, as they believed that the populace should choose the ruler of the land. Democracy is a greek word, and literally means 'People choose'.

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slavery is bad and discriminating slavery is unjust . end of conversation

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First of all, we should note that only Athens and a few other city-states were ever democracies. The vast majority of Ancient Greece was ruled by monarchies or oligarchies and not by elections. However, the difference between Athenian democracy and the Roman Republic was that, in the former, all of the citizens voted on policies, whereas in the latter, only elected representatives voted on policies. (The difference was between direct democracy and representative democracy.)

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No evidence of WMD Should not force democracy on a country who chose their government themselves

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Frankly, it shouldn't. It was built in the early 1800s, which is modern, not ancient.

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They would have considered democracy the hallmark of their civilization, but they would not have defined democracy the same way that people do today. For example, the idea that all people should be allowed to vote would have seemed preposterous to Athenians, who believed that only landed men should be allowed to vote.

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First of all, we should clarify whether we are dealing with Ancient Greece or Modern Greece. See the below sections that deal with each.Ancient GreeceWe should immediately note that only Athens and a few other city-states were ever democracies. The vast majority of Ancient Greece was ruled by monarchies or oligarchies and not by elections. However, the fundamental distinction between Ancient Athenian democracy and US democracy is that the Ancient Athenians had a direct democracy in which all persons entitled to vote would vote on all issues and the US has an indirect democracy in which all persons entitled to vote will vote for representatives who will then vote on all issues.However, there are other differences. Ancient Athenian democracy was limited in several ways. The first were limits on suffrage. Only ethnic Athenian males who owned property were allowed to vote. This was less than 10% of the population of Athens. There were also limits on who could be the leaders of the state, restricting that to several noble families. Conversely, in the US, because of amendments to the Constitution any person above the age of eighteen years is entitled to vote and any person who follows the requisite conditions (which are conditions for which any citizen could qualify) can achieve any office in the country (excepting the Presidency which requires a US birth).Modern GreeceThe United States and the Republic of Greece are both representative republics. This makes them indirect democracies where all persons entitled to vote will vote for representatives who will then vote on all issues. The fundamental organizational difference is that the United States is a Presidential Republic with first-past-the-post voting system and Greece is a Parliamentary Republic with proportional representation. In the United States case, this means that (1) the executive and legislative branches are separate and have separate elections and (2) that the party that wins the most votes in each district wins 100% of the seats. In the Greek case, this means that (1) the executive and legislative branches are fused into one branch where the executives come out of the legislature and (2) that every party that wins more than small percentage of the voters in the national elections gains seats in accordance with that percentage. As a result, the US maintains a dominant two party system while Greece has several major parties across the political spectrum.

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First of all, we should note that only Athens and a few other city-states were ever democracies. The vast majority of Ancient Greece was ruled by monarchies or oligarchies and not by elections. However, the fundamental distinction between Ancient Athenian democracy and US democracy is that the Ancient Athenians had a direct democracy in which all persons entitled to vote would vote on all issues and the US has an indirect democracy in which all persons entitled to vote will vote for representatives who will then vote on all issues.However, there are other differences. Ancient Athenian democracy was limited in several ways. The first were limits on suffrage. Only ethnic Athenian males who owned property were allowed to vote. This was less than 10% of the population of Athens. There were also limits on who could be the leaders of the state, restricting that to several noble families. Conversely, in the US, because of amendments to the Constitution any person above the age of eighteen years is entitled to vote and any person who follows the requisite conditions (which are conditions for which any citizen could qualify) can achieve any office in the country (excepting the Presidency which requires a US birth).


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