“Our constitution is called a democracybecause power is in thehands not of a minority but of the whole people…” -Pericles
“We alone regard a man who takes no interest in public affairs, not as aharmless but as a useless character.” -Pericles
Reforms Pericles made to the Athenian Democracy Everyone was treated equally before the law. The power of the government was in the hands of the majority of the citizens. Government positions were paid which made them available to all people. Ostracized those who didn’t participate in the government. Started the jury system – judged by your peers.
“Never to disgrace my holy arms, neverto forsake my comrade in the ranks, but to fight for the holy temples and the common welfare, alone or with others; to leave his country in a better state than he found it; to obey the leaders and laws, and defend them against attacks; finally, to hold in honor thereligion of my country.” - Athenian oath taken by all 18 year old males
“I pledge allegiance to theflag of the United States ofAmerica, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”