How does the rule of law of the ancient Greeks resemble that of modern America? Ancient Greece may have been the birthplace of democracy, but how did their version contrast with that of modern America?

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Ancient Athens instituted a form of democracy in which one male citizen equalled one vote. There were few enough male citizens (much of the population was female or enslaved) that they could all assemble in a central square and vote with their voices on issues at hand.

This system was implemented to fight corruption among the ruling class. Too many laws were being instituted that were destructive to the rest of society. They were to the advantage only of the very small ruling group. Democracy was meant to provide greater protection to less powerful citizens, who were increasingly becoming impoverished by laws instituted from above.

We can easily see of the differences between this form of democracy and what we have in the U.S. We have universal suffrage, which means that all citizens (at least those who are not felons) can, in theory, vote. We also have too large a population to assemble everyone in one...

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