Question by Nick: What were some flaws in Ancient Greek Democracy?
I am writing a paper. As two flaws, I already wrote that women, foreigners, etc could not vote. Only one hundred percent Athenian males could vote. Also, i wrote that the government was full of inexperienced men, since the public officials were chosen randomly. Apart from these, were there any other flaws in ancient greek democracy? Any I could write a paragraph on?THANKS.
Answer by TheSicilianSage
Democracy (a.k.a. "mob rule") is subject to emotional rather than reasoned arguments. ... Thus they are often quick to take rash action. ... Example: During the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), upon the urgings of Alcibiades in 415 BC, Athens dispatched a massive expeditionary force to attack Syracuse in Sicily. ... The attack failed disastrously, with the destruction of the entire force, in 413 BC.
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