The Greek City State The Greek city-state is a phenomenon that occupies historians with many interests: military, political and economic. Despite the fact that from today’s point of view, city as a state appears as something small and fragile from many aspects, the Greek city-states have survived for centuries and managed to maintain their freedom and sovereignty for centuries. This paper will look at some features of Greek city-state particularly how the idea of “good citizen” evolved and how it was later incorporated in the civic reforms of Pericles of Athens, one of the most prominent leaders of one of the most influential Greek city-states. Snyder (1959) outlines some of the reasons for both the development and durability of the...The end:
.....rt of ‘good citizen’ ideal. Through a thorough political reform, every citizen of Athens had an opportunity to hold a political office. The rich and the poor had equal opportunity to be heard and their votes were equal. Education was encouraged and became well- organized. In this atmosphere, every citizen had an opportunity to contribute to the society more or less equally and thus to became a ‘good citizen’. References Lloyd-Jones, H. (2001). Ancient Greek Religion. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 145(4), 456- 464. Page, D. (1953). The City of Troy. The South African Archeological Bulletin, 8(31), 85- 86. Snyder, J.W. (1959). The Ancient City State: Some Reasons for Its Durability. The Classical Journal, 54(8), 363- 371.