Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Governments in Greece

1. Monarchy: A form of government in which one person rules over the rest

How did it develop in ancient Greece?
In Greece, kings who were from the most powerful family in the city-state ruled over it. Kings passed the power on to their eldest sons.


2. Oligarchy: A form of government in which a small, select group of people rule the rest

How did it develop in ancient Greece?
Nobles forced the king to share power after he asked them for money ( for defense).


3. Tyranny: A form of government in which a tyrant has complete control
(tyrant = someone who seizes power by force)

How did it develop in ancient Greece?
The nobles were making unfair decisions and so the people of Athens supported tyrants who promised to help them.


4. Democracy: A form of government in which all citizens make decisions by voting

How did it develop in ancient Greece?
Tyrants became unpopular so the people threw out Hippias (the last tyrant) and instead of getting a new tyrant, they decided to make decisions themselves.

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