Was ancient Athens truly a democracy?

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While ancient Athens was an early and important example of a democracy, it was not a true democracy by modern standards. In a true democracy, everyone in the society has a say in how they are governed. In ancient Athens, only adult males were allowed to participate in the democratic process. Women, slaves, and foreigners were excluded, meaning that fewer than a third of adult Athenians had a say in their governance.

Unlike the United States, Athens was...

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