Where did democracy begin?
Greek Column Styles
Doric Ionic Corinthian
Ancient Greek Temples
U.S. Supreme Court
Democracy started in Athens, Greece more that 2,500 years ago. Democracy comes from two Greek words meaning "people rule." Athens was a city-state with a population of about 400,000 people. Any eligible citizen could vote on every decision made.
Today Athens is a modern city but it has
an ancient past.
Where in the world is Greece?
Greece is located on the continent of Europe in between the countries of Italy and Turkey.
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Influences of Greek architecture.
The Parthenon is a temple
Many government buildings in the United States were made to look like buildings from Athens, Greece.
People admired Athens (the capital of Greece) and by modeling the government buildings after Athenian temples, they were able to remind people of what the U.S. shared with Athens...democracy! Compare the two buildings below - the Parthenon in Greece and the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.
ANCIENT GREEK TEMPLES.
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