The Perfect Athenian Democracy
Athens was one of the greatest first known democracies. Other Greek cities tried to set up their democracies, following the Athenian model, but none of them became powerful and well-documented as that of Athens. For this reason Athens democracy was direct and has remained as a unique and intriguing experiment to many other states seeking to achieve their democracy.
The Pericles was the most remarkable Athens statesman who commanded the Greeks at the battle of Mycale in 479 B.C. Athens had a pure democracy where the people did not elect representatives to vote on their behalf but they participated to openly vote on legislation and executive bills in their own rights.
Themistocles was Greece savior who was placed as the second bravest for his intelligence. He made Piraeus the main harbor of Athens; he was responsible for the construction of the 4 miles walls that joined Athens. He was ostracized for 10 years and later passed on. In the 5th century BC, the Athens had set 10 fixed assembly meetings each year which meant that there was to be a meeting a month, this was reviewed to fourthty meeting the following year. Then the meetings were to conduct political trials rather than taking them to the courts. The courts impeached and prosecuted individuals for their misconduct.
The Athens voting was by simple majority.
Majority ruleThere was scarcely no limits on the power exercised by the governing assembly and incase it broke the law; it would punish those who had made the proposal. Voting was by show of hands.
In conclusion, Athens democracy became the envy for many other democracies during that time.