Assignment: Analyzing Athenian Democracy

Read the articles and answer the following questions about Athenian democracy:

  1. Critics and Critiques of Athenian Democracy

 2. The Democratic Experiment

Questions:

  1. Describe at least 5 major characteristics of Athenian democracy. (5 marks)
  2. What are the major criticisms of Athenian democracy? (5 marks)
  3. What was ‘tyranny’? Was Athenian democracy effective in eliminating tyranny in ancient Greece? Explain. (5 marks)
  4. What was the policy of ostracism? Was this effective? Why or why not? (5 marks)
  5. How did Greek philosophers view democracy? Explain. (5 marks)
  6. What are the major similarities between Athenian democracy and modern democracy? (5 marks)

Critical Reflection:

Based on the two articles and discussion with the class, what is your assessment of the effectiveness and validity of democracy in Athens? The critical reflection must be completed individually and should be approximately 1 page (double-spaced in length). Refer to the rubric in order to achieve full value for the reflection portion of this assignment. (20 marks)

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