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This was Font/Pitch 8,10 - Off.This was Font/Pitch 1,10 - On.STUDY GUIDE: GREEK GOVERNMENT AND DAILY LIFE, CHAPTERS 1O AND 13

"Love and Death in Ancient Athens"
Chapter Ten: These Were the Greeks "Democracy and Law"

Democracy, direct democracy












1. How did Athenian democracy differ from our own notions of democracy?

2. Why was direct democracy feasible in the Greek polis?

3. How do you think decisions were influenced by the citizens' knowledge that they would carry out decisions themselves?


4. How did demogogues and skillful speakers exercise influence?

5. In what circumstances do you think that their influence might be especially dangerous?


  1. Explain how the ekklesia, boule, and prytnany functioned.

  2. How did the Athenians deal with necessary administrative tasks that are handled today by a permanent bureaucracy?

8. How did the Athenians ensure that officials performed well and honestly?

9. What two offices were chosen by election? Why?

10. What were Athenian policies about paying officials? What was their rationale? What problems might occur?


11. How did the Athenians obtain the funds that financed their state? What advantages and disadvantages do you see to their methods?


12. Why did the Greeks believe that it was proper to mix politics and justice?

13. How were trials conducted? How is that different from our system?
14. How did the lack of a police force affect Athenian justice?
15. How did the Athenians try to prevent bribery or undue influence?
16. What were the limitations of the Athenian system?
17. What does the book mean when it characterizes Athenian democracy as both "radical" and "partial"?

"Love and Death"

18. How does the story of "Love and Death in Ancient Greece" illustrate some of the principles and practices of Athenian justice?
19. Be able to describe the position of women, slave, and lower class Athenians as revealed in the article.
Chapter Thirteen: These Were the Greeks "Every Day"

  1. Be able to describe

  • houses

  • clothing

  • food

  • daily routines

  • gender roles

21. How did the symposion reflect important Greek values?

  1. Consider the influence of climate and resources in shaping customs and the differences in the lives of men and women.

23. How did the Greeks define and use public and private spaces?

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