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Civilization in Athens

These are a few facts about Ancient Greece Citizenship in Athens.

Sometimes Athenian citizens would show their dislike of a politician by writing his name into ostraka, which was pieces of broken pottery.

The men who were citizens of Athens each had a say in making its laws and were allowed to vote for whatever politician they wanted in regular elections.

Citizens had simple houses unless they were rich. Also the Greeks had many gods who were wilfull and hard to please. A man had to always be careful not to offend them. Some things they had to be careful of were pruning or trimming vines or crossing rivers, because the Greeks believed these things could offend the gods.

Men in Athens wore short tunics in battles and at work. For more special events they would wear a long loose robe, which usually left their right shoulder bare. Women would wear a loose dress that was called a chiton. They were either in the Dorian or Inoian style. The Inoian style was the most commonly worn in Athens. The Dorian dress was basically just a large piece of cloth folded over at the top and fastened on each shoulder. The Ionian dress had no fold at the top but instead it was pinned or sewn.



Basic summary of what it means to be a citizen in Athens, Ancient Greece.

    Athens had citizens, which many other places didn't have, but only men got to be citizens. And not just any man; his mother, father, grandfather, grandmother and sometimes even more had to be born in Athens, Greece. Any man with complete citizen rights could go to the assembly, in which they could speak and vote freely. Basically all the citizens decided how the city was run. This was called a democracy. But many people beleive that this was not really a democracy because women and many men did not have citizen rights. Women did not have any citizen rights. They could not vote, participate in the assembly or serve on juries.
There were rich citizens too. Regular citizens just had to pay taxes, which the government used for festivals and other special events, but they had the rich citizens pay for the extra things that the taxes couldn't cover. Some rich citizens even considered paying the performers in drama festivals an honour.
   These are some facts about citizenship: Anybody (they did not have to be a citizen) had the right to own land. Also, citizenship could be granted even without the right to become an archon or a priest as a career.
   Some aspects of being a citizen were access to justice, access to religious rights (this one was very important to citizenship), and taking part in the defense of the city.
  Being a citizen was a big thing in Ancient Greece. Education was their tool for making a good citizen that would be helpful in decisions and war. Each citizen would feel that they had a share in the decisions, which were their right and duty. And that is what it meant to be a citizen in Athens, Ancient Greece.