Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Ancient Greek citizenship?

Who where citizens in ancient Greece? How could a person become a citizen?

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  • NC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    There was no such thing as "Greek citizenship". Citizens owed allegiance to the city they lived in or around (the English words, by the way, reflect this notion; it is no accident that there is a "city" in "citizen").

    Generally, citizenship was a hereditary privilege; a man inherited citizenship from his father or both parents. Some cities employed means tests; only those who paid above certain threshold in taxes had citizenship privileges. Women and slaves were not citizens; neither were "barbarians" (non-Greeks) living among the Greeks.

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  • dawe
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    3 years ago

    Ancient Greek Citizenship

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In ancient Greece, citizens were all those who: were born in a certain city (eg. if they were born in Athens they were Athenians). They should not be barbarians (people who have red hair or/and don't speak greek), they should not be slaves, women, or villagers around the city.

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