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Definition: Government that professed to be representative. Began in Athens. Citizens of Athens could vote for their leaders and on other government proposals. But not everyone was a citizen. Also included principle of ostracism, which allowed citizens to vote to expel a person from Athens.

Related Resources:
Ancient Greece
Learn more about the area as a whole.

Elsewhere on the Web:
A History of Athenian Democracy
See how it all began and developed.

Government in Greece
A good basic introduction to government in general and democracy in particular.

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