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Why did the Greek city states develop?

Greece is mountainous and infertile. Travel by land is difficult so isolated settlements grew up wherever there was sufficient land to support them. Each settlement tended to develop in its own way.


What was life like in ancient Greek city states?

Each city state had its own language and worshipped its own gods. All the city states took part in the Olympic Games and the drama festivals which originated as religious ceremonies to honour the gods.


How democratic were the Greeks?

The Greeks invented democracy of a kind. But even in Athens women, slaves and foreigners were excluded from decision-making. Other states, like Sparta, were completely undemocratic


When were the first Greek city states?

About 600 BC. Before that, in the time of Homer the famous poet, Greece was divided into kingdoms.


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