ADVANTAGES

It was very important to be a citizen of Athens, especially after the democratic reforms of the sixth century BC. Being a citizen entitled a person to own land, and at the age of thirty, to hold political office. Citizens could also speak in the and they voted on all affairs of the state. Men were the citizens of democratic Athens and all women were excluded. This exclusion meant that women had no political rights; it meant that they could not own land, which constituted power in the ancient world; and that they could never hold political office. Roger Just makes a very interesting point in : life was worse for women in democratic Athens than in other periods of the city's history because:

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