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Greece Vocab. 8-2

Athenian government

TermDefinition
Aristocrates Rich landowners
Athens one of the leading city-states of ancient Greece, famous for its learning, culture, and democratic government.
citizens People who had the right to participate in government
Cleisthenes Overthrew the aristocracy once and for all and developed a democracy for Athens, “father of democracy”
democracy A type of government in which people rule themselves “rule of the people”
direct democracy Form of democracy where all citizens actively participate, vote directly on all laws
Representative democracy Type of democracy where citizens elect officials to represent them in the government – the U.S. has this form of government
Draco Athenian leader who created a new set of harsh laws for Athens, part of the oligarchy
Oligachy Government in which only a few people have power
Peisistratus tyrant of Athens 560–527 (father of Hippias), known as one of Athens’ good, fair tyrants.
Pericles Athenian leader during the height of their democratic power, he contributed greatly to Athens' political and cultural supremacy in Greece. In power from about 460 BC
Tyrant A leader who held power by force, Tyranny (dictatorship)
monarchy a state or nation in which the supreme power is held by a King, power is inherited.
Theocracy a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler
Created by: lyndyz