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  • I can explain the role of “majority rule” in the origins of democracy in Ancient Greece.

  • I can compare democracy in Athens to democracy in the US.

  • I can identify characteristics of limited and unlimited government



Class Period:

Essential Questions: 1. What was the role of “majority rule” in the origins of democracy?

2. How were the democracies of Athens and the U.S. different and how are they similar?

3. What are some characteristics of limited and unlimited government?

Connections to Notes:


I. Governing Ancient Greece

  • The first leaders of Greece were likely __________ who were ____________________.

  • After the Dark Ages of Greece, _________________were ruled by _________________.

    • Aristocrats: members of rich and powerful families

    • Aristocrats_______________ most of the____________________, owned horses, _________________, and ____________________________________________.

  • As city-states became richer from trade the __________________ of ______________________________________developed.

  • The middle class wanted more say in the ___________________and could now afford __________________________________________________.

  • The middle class began to ___________________ aristocratic rulers and replaced them with _________________.

    • ________________: a ruler who took power by force

  • The ___________________ usually _______________ tyrants, but eventually some become too ___________________________.

  • Some city-states begin to overthrow tyrants and ________________________________.

    • _________________: a form of government in which citizens govern themselves

  • Democracies use the principal of __________________________.

    • Majority rule: the practice that more than half of a group can ___________________________________________ on the whole group

II. Athenian Democracy

  • Democracy was most fully developed in _____________.

  • Athens was a ______________________________, meaning __________________could vote on government policies

  • Athenians used _______________________before issuing punishments

  • Who could vote?

    • _______________ who had two parents who came from _________________________

    • Women, slaves, and men with non-citizen parents _________________________.

III. U.S. Democracy

  • The United States is a_________________________________, all citizens ____________________________________ to create and vote on government policies.

    • States elect representatives to go to Washington D.C.

    • These representatives make decisions about laws based upon the needs of the people in their state

  • The US also uses _______________________.

  • Who can vote?

    • Citizens over ______________________.

    • Anyone _________ in the United States or U.S. territory is a citizen of the U.S.

    • Immigrants can ________________________________________.

IV. Differences Between Athenian and American Democracy

  • 1. ________________________________________

  • 2. Direct democracy VS. Representative Democracy

  • 3. The US allows people to_______________________________, Athens did not allow this.

V. Similarities in Athenian and American Democracy

  • 1. ___________________________.

  • 2. Citizens are granted the_____________________ as part of the governmental process.

  • 3. The Government is made up of _______________________who run the city-state/country on a daily basis.

VI. Unlimited Government

  • ____________________________: a form of government in which those of authority do not have to follow the same laws as everyone else.

  • _______________________________________ are usually unlimited governments.

  • Examples:

VII. Limited Government

  • ____________________________: a form of government in which everyone, including the people of authority (leaders), must obey the laws.

  • ________________ are usually limited governments.

  • Examples:

    • 1. Trial by jury (people vote to decide if a person is guilty of a crime)

    • 2. Elected officials make laws

    • 3. Search Warrants (People must have a reasonable cause to search someone’s personal belongings)

    • 4. Everyone pays taxes (Even the leaders!)

VIII. Questions

  1. List the four types of government used in Ancient Greece:

  1. What is the difference between a limited and unlimited government?

  1. If you had to start your own society, what type of government would you want to start? Why?

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