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Government of Ancient Greece – Greek democracy and tyranny

By | 2018-01-05T16:34:11+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks|

Government of ancient Greece: the Mask of Agamemnon, from Mycenae, Greece (1500 BC). Now in Athens Ancient Greece had a lot of different kinds of governments, because there were many different city-states in ancient Greece. Each city-state had their own government. People's ideas about what made a good government changed over time, too. [...]

Ancient Corinth – Mycenaean and Archaic

By | 2017-07-06T22:57:53+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|

Corinth, with the high city - Akrocorinth - in the background Corinth was a town right where southern Greece and northern Greece come together. It was certainly a Mycenaean city, because Mycenaean pottery has been found in excavations at Corinth. In Greek mythology, Corinth (CORE-inth) was where Jason and Medea lived. During the [...]

Athens under the Tyrants – Ancient Greece

By | 2017-07-06T22:14:18+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|

Obol minted under Pisistratus with the head of Medusa At first people were happy with Solon's changes. They had their farms back, and they didn't owe any money, and they weren't being killed for little things. They could (if they were free men) be judges and vote in the Assembly. But the people [...]

Archaic Athens – ancient Greece

By | 2017-07-06T16:04:26+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks|

The Acropolis of Athens Athens was a city-state in the center of Greece. People moved there because it has a good seaport nearby (at Piraeus) and a steep hill that makes Athens easy to defend. Athens was already an important city in the Late Bronze Age, and appears in Homer's Iliad as the [...]

What is oligarchy? Rule of the few

By | 2018-03-19T11:05:56+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Government|

Aristocrats fighting on an Athenian vase from the 500s BC Definition of oligarchy Oligarchy means the rule of the few, and those few are generally the people who are richer and more powerful than the others, what you might call the aristocrats or the nobles. These are not always men: just as monarchies [...]