Most effective government in Greece

Topics: Sparta, Ancient Greece, Classical Athens Pages: 1 (257 words) Published: March 5, 2015
Michelle Su 
07/12/14 
Block C 
Early World History 
 

Which city­state has the most effective government?  The most effective government in ancient Greece is definitely Athenians’ democracy,  because it followed the people’s will. Although Sparta was very strict and self­discipline,  it was too extreme. For example, Helots were the lowest class of Sparta. Spartans  treated them brutally and oppressively because Helots were outnumbered by the  Spartans, and the​

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Spartans were afraid that they would fight against them. But history  proved that ruling as a tyrant could not prevent an uprising. In about 371 B.C., the  Messenian Helots who had been enslaved by the Spartans for several centuries  uprised. This​

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led to the Spartans decline, because the Helots were the foundation of​  ​
the 
Spartan​
s​
 society​
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 they were farmers, nurses, and cooks. The Spartans could​  ​
not live 
without them. However, because of the Spartans fear of Helots, they couldn’t send  troops to far away places. In this time, Athens formed a Delian League, an alliance of  city­states with Athens as leader. Athens were democratic, but the Delian League was  not and Athens made all the decisions. As the historian Thucydides said, people will  never obey tyranny, because their leadership depends on their superior strength, not  the goodwill of people. Spartan's government was tyrannical, and was effective for a  short time, but the problem underneath will never vanish away and must expose one  day​

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 But Athenians’ democracy followed the goodwill of people, and was effective  because of this important basic rule of democracy; the will of the people.  

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