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R Cothran
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posted March 24, 2005 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for R Cothran   Click Here to Email R Cothran     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to know about the History of Athens, Ala. The old farm land plantations of the African American cultures and the Native (Creek) Indians cultures that lived in Athens, Ala. I hope that someone can help me with this....!!!!
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posted October 17, 2008 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for annajennifer   Click Here to Email annajennifer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Citizenship allotted many privileges to the population of Athens, thus it was difficult to attain and was only given to a male child if both parents were Athenian. Women were excluded from becoming citizens (with limited exception in the later Hellenistic period). Hereditary links however, did not just determine citizenship. From the time of their birth, young Athenian men were expected to attain an education. Based upon their birth and the wealth of their parents, the length of education was from the age of 5 to 14; for the wealthier 5 to 18, and sometimes into a students' mid-twenties. Unfortunately the above only applied to the 6th Century BC, when formalized schools were established. By the 4th Century BC in Hellenistic Greece, a potential citizen spent 2 years in the gymnasium, and 2 years training in the military, also known as the ephebeia. Citizens had rights which for the most part were limited only to themselves. Namely, a citizen could own land, have heirs, own slaves, belong to the assembly, and could have some political sway. Citizens also played a large part in the year-round religious festivals of Athens.
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