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11

The Origins of Democracy

Lecture no. 11 from the course: Ancient Greek Civilization

The Origins of Democracy

Taught by Professor Jeremy McInerney | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Cleisthenes recognized that the common Athenian was a more potent political force than any aristocrat, and used this knowledge to take control of an Athens newly freed from the Peisistratid tyranny. Under his rule, the Athenians established the elements of democratic governance.

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