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Definition: Famous law-giver who brought laws, a constitution, and the beginnings of democracy to Athens. Among the things his laws did: cancel all debts, allowed poor people to serve on trial juries, and required every citizen to teach children to read and write.

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Ancient Greece
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Solon's Reforms
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Solon: Bringer of Laws to Athens
Begin your study of democracy with an introduction to Athenian law, brought forth by this ancient hero.

A History of Athenian Democracy
Students just like you wrote this detailed summary of the development of representative government.

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

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