Ancient Greek citizenship?
Who where citizens in ancient Greece? How could a person become a citizen?
- NCLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
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.
- Anonymous1 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.