Democracy

Government by the people

Syracuse/ an ancient Greek democracy

The city of Syracuse is on the east cost of Sicily. Syracuse was originally a Greek colony with a democratic government.But the ruler Heiron changed the colony from a democracy to a dictatorship. When Heiron died, everyone wanted democracy back so they changed their government back to a democratic government. The democracy was governed by a council and a popular assembly. They also had an executive branch of the government consisting of generals who where elected. Once Syracuse was again a democracy their government was quite strong.

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Italy Modern democracy

Italy has a constitutional republic with many political parties. Italy is a republic just like the U.S. founded on workers. The Italian people believe that their country belongs to the people and not a specific party.


The people who are called to office to be an administrators are not the owners of Italy, just people who are helping to govern Italy. Their president is elected with a voting system just like ours. The president is also the commander-in-chief of armed forces. Italy has an executive branch and a legislative branch.

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Similarities and Differences

Syracuse and Italy are pretty similar. They both are democracies, and they both have leaders that are elected. They both are governed by the people. Their states belong to the people.They are different because Italy has a president that was elected by the people.But Syracuse's leader was elected by their government. Italy has a prime minster where asSyracuse did not.