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Athenian Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

Rights

  • to debate and vote in the assembly and to hold public office or be elected as a general
  • to take legal action against others or to defend oneself through the courts
  • to be protected from foreign invasion

Responsibilities

  • to attend the assembly, if ‘roped in’
  • to obey the laws
  • to serve in the army or navy liturgies

Liturgies
Rich Athenians continued to enjoy substantial privilege but were obliged to…

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