Athenian Government: Spartan Government:
Democracy Oligarchy (consistently)
Tyranny and direct
When a ruler takes over by
Oligarchy force with the support of
When wealthy businessmen rule
When wealthy landowners are in power.
Under the rule of a single ruler, either a king or queen.
Key Points about Athens and Sparta:
Both Athens and Sparta had 3 distinct social classes.
Women in Sparta could own property and were supposed to work toward physical fitness whereas in Athens, women were not allowed to own property and were expected to take care of the house and generally only worked in weaving.
Directions: Complete the Venn diagram below comparing Athens and Sparta. Include characteristics on their government, social classes, role of women, and military.
Athens Both Sparta