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Democracy took root in the Greek city-state of Athens during the 6th century BCE. Although Athens is the best-known ancient democracy, it was only one of many in ancient Greece that both preceded and followed it, and many of these polities had come to practice democracy before Athens.

Athenian democracy was based on legislation and executive bills. The right to vote was available only to adult, male citizens, and was denied to foreign residents, slaves, and women. Those who were franchised accounted for no more than a third of the adult population of Athens.

Solon and Cleisthenes advanced Athenian democracy. Solon produced Athens’ most influential law code (594 BCE), while Cleisthenes broke up the unlimited power of the nobility in 508–507 BCE. The most prominent democratic leader of Athens was Pericles. After his death, Athenian democracy was twice sundered by oligarchic strife while at the same time fighting the Peloponnesian War with Sparta. Athenian democracy was restored under Eucleides, but then suppressed by Alexander the Great in 322 BCE. Later, Athenian democracy was once again revived, but in ways that no longer resembled the earlier democracy of Athens.

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Index

Power | Persian Wars: Invasion of GreeceCyrus the YoungerXerxesBattle of SalamisTriumph of Greece | Peloponnesian War: OriginsCourse of the WarAlcibiadesCleonSicilian ExpeditionTriumph of Sparta



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