What was the population of ancient athens?
- ?Lv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
Herodotos gives the number of citizens to be 30,000 at the beginning of the 5th century BC. Though, the ekklesia never exceeded the number of 20,000 attendees at once. Around 430BC the citizen population was up to 35,000 to 40,000. By 317BC, at the time Athens had come to the rule of Demetrios Phalereus, the citizenry was down to 21,000 according to census.
The citizenry only included property-holding adult males so with women, slaves, and foreign metics making up at least two-thirds of the population we can conjecture an average population for the Classical period at over 100,000 in the city of Athens and possibly double that when incorporating the affiliated Attic demes of the countryside.
- Anonymous2 months ago
But they were really active in their community