Talk:Athenian democracy

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Land Requirements Discrepancy[edit]

Democracy: "All eligible citizens were allowed to speak and vote in the assembly, which set the laws of the city state. However, Athenian citizenship excluded women, slaves, foreigners (μέτοικοι metoikoi), non-landowners, and males under 20 years old."

Athenian democracy: "Still, in contrast with oligarchical societies, there were no real property qualifications for voting."

Athenian democracy: "was opened to all with certain property qualifications"

Can someone please clarify this? I've flagged this on Democracy and Athenian democracy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TheDragonFire (talkcontribs) 07:04, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

I have removed "Still, ....". The "was opened ..." refers to the position of archon. Myrvin (talk) 07:54, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Dubious quotation[edit]

There is a quote attributed to Pericles in the article:

We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all.

with the reference: Thucydides, The Peloponnesian Wars, Book 1:22 (Rex Warner translation)

The root of the words "busy" and "business" did not appear until Late Greek (circa 400 A.D.) and the idiom "mind your own business" did not appear until the 17th century at the earliest. I removed the ref and tagged the quotation. Sparkie82 (tc) 23:10, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 19 July 2016[edit]


In the section... Archons and the Areopagus "When Ephialtes, and later Pericles, reduced the power of the Areopagus dramatically..." ..."When" should be deleted as it makes no sense there. The edited text then should read:

Ephialtes, and later Pericles, reduced the power of the Areopagus dramatically.


108.23.100.5 (talk) 18:14, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

I've made the suggested change. Paul August 18:27, 19 July 2016 (UTC)