Comparing Democracy, Aristocracy, Monarchy, And Democracy

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In this units assignment we had to compare the following: monarchy, aristocracy, tyranny, oligarchy, and democracy as forms of government in Ancient Greek city-states. After going through my reading assignments, I have deducted the following. Monarchy - The monarch and royal family of a country. Well after reading the Unit 2 assignment It appears that the between Sparta and Athens, the Spartans are the only state that recognized Monarchs. The Spartans had 2x Kings that had very little to do with the day to day operations of the State of Sparta, but had a lot to do with conducting warfare ! So at home the kings had basically NO influence, but during periods of war they held all the cards and were the sole judge and jury, decision maker. Now in Sparta during periods of war the King in the field had supreme power, but the King left behind was subject to the normal, Oligarchy that made up Sparta. Athens had no such system, and therefore the word monarch held no value.…show more content…
Both the Spartans and the Athenians had Aristocrats. In both societies they played a major role in political landscape of their respective city states. The major difference is that in Sparta they held ALL the power (oligarchy ) whereas in Athens it was more of a way to have power through their position in the normal working day and education. In athens the Aristocrats were educated giving them a huge advantage over the common citizen. This advantage of course led to political power and prestige, because they are able to convince the voting populace of their

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