Take a close look at the structure of Athenian democracy and how it influenced the U.S. government. In this lesson, students explore the democratic ideals and practices of the ancient Greeks and search for evidence of them in the U.S. Constitution.


  • Identify political institutions and principles in ancient Athenian democracy
  • Explain the organization of Athenian democracy and the importance of citizenship
  • Analyze the purpose, strengths, and shortcomings in the rules and structure of Athenian democracy
  • Discover aspects of Athenian democracy found in the U.S. Constitution


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