Ancient Athens has two documents that discuss democracy. The first one is “Document A: Pericles” and the other one is “Document B: The The Athenian Constitution”. In document A, I found that is truly democratic because your social class is not allowed the interfere with someone 's merit. For example, if you’re poor you’re still able to serve the state or be part of the government. In document A it also states that “you get equal justice.” And that’s the way it should be. The constitution favor many people instead of few people. It seems fair and gives equality to all regardless of social class.
With his charisma, martial and political skills Pericles managed to secure reelection to the office of strategos on an annual basis. For more than twenty years Pericles would lead a multitude of martial expeditions, most of them seas based, to extend and safeguard Athenian interests. Much of his success at battle came from his cautious nature. Pericles endeavored to avoid battles that he considered to a favorable outcome but the chance of failure too high, too risky, and too uncertain. He also refused to be swapped up by the citizens’ vain desires. An example of Pericles’s cautiousness is his choice of military policy. He decided to play to Athens’ strengths be was based upon the principle that Athens' predominance depends upon having the
Classical Athens and Han China are different from each other by its size and scope, the types of government, and how philosophers influence their societies. Athens was located in modern-day Greece next to the Mediterranean Sea. China was located in East Asia next to the Pacific Ocean.
Two remarkably prominent individuals primitive to the Western Civilization era known to be Alexander the Great & Pericles who spearheaded their powerful empires through fortitude, sentiment, and ambition. Alexander the great ruled one of the most expansive empires that was known to have been the most protrusive of the ancient world, his father Phillip of Macedon, left him with a myriad of conquered kingdoms and consumed almost innumerable countries that became inherited by Alexander the Great. He went to dire extremes to take what he desired, with an almost manifest destiny sensibility. He achieved such great feats through marriage, conquest, battling alongside his warriors, overcoming personal issue while giving unexpected respect to his
Two very famous speeches have impacted the world with their diction and purpose. Pericles’ “Funeral Oration” and also Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” were both spoken at a public service for those who had been killed in the war. For Pericles this speech occurred in 431 BCE at the end of the first year of the Peloponnesian War. Later in time Abraham Lincoln spoke in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania about four months after the Battle of Gettysburg. While each speech commemorated those who had died in the war, they also inspired the remaining people to continue fighting and finish the war. To inspire the people, Pericles and Lincoln used similar rhetorical devices and different persuasive techniques.
Pericles, a key political figure of 5th century Athens states, “Our constitution does not copy the laws of neighboring states; we are rather a pattern to others than imitators ourselves.” The Athenians had no desire to follow what appeared as mediocre government, the Athenians pushed for the best form they could find. Arete, for Athens, meant every person had a voice in politics. Politics embraces the reason of the mind as well as the emotion of the heart. Therefore, the very essence of a good human being would lie in being a politically active person. While some, like Plato in his The Republic, thought it weak to give government into the hands of the common people, Pericles countered this argument with a compelling argument of greatness. By putting government into the hands of the people, the people are united and more devoted to their country. Democracy bonds the people together in a way that no other government can understand. Pericles confidently states, “Athenians advance unsupported into the territory of a neighbor, and fighting upon a foreign soil usually vanquish with ease men who are defending their homes.” This, Pericles claims, is the might of democracy; the strength and excellence of many people rather than just that of a
3. Compare and contrast the idea of democracy in Ancient Greece and Rome. Which system was more democratic and why?
In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, both protagonists possess tragic flaws which lead to their demise. Distanced by years in literature, Okonkwo and Oedipus are remarkably similar, however display aspects of their personalities that make their epic journeys of fate quite different. Both characters are arrogant and refuse to be told they are incorrect about anything. They are considered admirable at first, especially in the eyes of the other characters, however by the end of both stories, they are considered outcasts. Both men possess an egotistic attitude and have an overwhelming sense of pride in their achievements. As highly regarded and elevated members of their community, their rise to power is short lived as they lose their legacy as respected men in their lands. They are united by kingship, and are driven to their tragic end by forces within and outside of their control. Okonkwo is responsible for the disasters that come to him and his tribe, while divine forces conspired against Oedipus, who must accept the brutal truth of his life and his role within it. Okonkwo and Oedipus are doomed heroes, as facets of their character, such as their social status, imperfections, and self-righteousness, play a huge role in how much these men can determine their own disastrous fate.
The stability of the Roman Republic and the Athenian Democracy is similar because they both had internal problems based on low income, yet the systems are different because participation in Rome was related to wealth, while participation in Athens wasn’t. To start, the stability of the Roman Republic and the Athenian Democracy was similar because they both had internal fights and reforms due to wealth.Specifically, the Gracchi brothers were a large part of the populares political group in Rome because of their efforts to redistribute land, set limits to the amount of land one can own, and make the state pay for military equipment, instead of the soldiers themselves.This represents how the Roman Republic had several problems regarding an unbalance in wealth. These were recognized by the Gracchi brothers, which led to such reforms.To continue, when many people of the lower classes were faced with debts, Solon proposed to cancel these charges, setting the people free from their burdens. This shows how those in Athens also had economic hardships, just like people in the Roman Republic. These troubles lead to the political
“I think the international community should unite to fight such inhuman phenomena as terror attacks and the murder of totally innocent people.” Words by Vladimir Putin a man who has taken countless lives of innocent people. Putin is exceptionally well at being a hypocrite. He accuses people of doing actions he himself has done. Just like Putin a character who has also made some of the same choices as Putin is Napoleon from George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Putin and Napoleon have a remarkable amount of things in common yet then again have a few differences
When people believe in something, they must stand up for it and speak out. In Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Marji stands up for what she believes in against the government. Likewise, in The Importance of a Single Story, Chimamanda Adichie speaks out against what she believes in injust. Finally, Anthony Bourdain No Reservations shows him writing about the truth in Iran, despite political threats against him. It is essential for people to stand up for what they believe and resist unjust government, because this will lead to improvements in many aspects of people's lives .
Though Andrew Jackson and John C. Calhoun couldn't be more different actually disliking each other for many reasons one of which an argument between friends, both played large parts in the history of The United States of America. John C. Calhoun who though had own slaves and believed in the Confederacy like Thomas Jefferson though more strongly spearheaded for separation between the north and south Calhoun had a very different view as shown in the fact that he was a democratic-republican and ended up heading the political after his namesake the Jacksonian Democracy. On the other hand, Andrew Jackson who I'd say was more attuned to Thomas Jefferson's ideology because unlike Calhoun, Jackson and Jefferson weren't fighting to get more power in
All throughout history, occurrences of oppression and invasion have happened all around the world. The rights and freedom of innocent lives have been taken. The people with power have abused it and become tyrannical and self-centered. The innocent begin to rise against the malicious leaders trying to control their lives. Even through times of downfall and nonsuccess, humanity continues to fight back. Ralph Ellison once said, “Life is to be lived not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” The battle of living freely for humanity is won by never giving up and continuing to fight back no matter what, even after defeat.
Compare and contrast monarchy, aristocracy, tyranny, oligarchy, and democracy as forms of government in Ancient Greek city-states.
To begin with, Athens and Sparta were both famous in antiquity for their legend, cultures and the character of the people. On the one hand, the two poleis share certain obvious affinities, such as language, geographical scope, a common Greek ancestry etc. On the other hand, they were polar opposites in many aspects, from social spheres, political structures, to military might, which I believe there are some hidden depths in these city-states. Hence, let’s look at how did their people obtain the right to participate in public life and make decisions affecting the community, and who held public office first.