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Ancient Greece by Peter Chrisp

By Peter Chrisp

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PUBLIC SERVANTS In Athens, many public servants were slaves owned by the polis. These included Scythian bowmen, who acted as a police force, the officials who checked the weights and measures used by marketplace merchants, and the clerks who kept records of trials in the law courts. These public slaves lived more comfortably than many poor Athenian citizens. Slave driving a plow slaves 47 Mined silver in its rough form Oxen ≤ SLAVE POPULATIONS Greek invaders conquered and enslaved local populations in Sparta, Thessaly, Crete, Syracuse, and Heraclea on the Black Sea, and forced them to work as farmers.

They voted using balls of bread which they tossed into a bowl—a crushed ball meant that the applicant was rejected. Membership of a dining club was a requirement of Spartan citizenship. Warrior fighting a snake growing up in athens Baby’s legs stick out through holes In Athens, poorer children only had a basic education before being sent out to work as soon as they were old enough to help their parents. Poorer boys often followed the trade of their father, working alongside him in the family workshop.

Although assemblies were held, the citizens could not speak. Instead, they accepted or rejected decisions made by the ephors, kings, and council, by shouting. ≤ kings Spartan kings were generals in wartime—marching in front of the army, and performing sacrifices before battle. At home, they performed religious duties. Dual kingship also limited their power. It was difficult for one king to act against the wishes of the other. training for war > Spartan men spent their days in training for war—exercising, practicing with weapons, and marching in tight ranks to the music of a pipe.

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