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Sparta and Athens

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Tyrant
a ruler or person who has complete power and uses it in cruel or unjust ways
Oligarchy
form of government in which a few people have the power
Democracy
a form of government in which citizens govern themselves
Helots
in ancient Sparta, this was the term for the slaves that were owned by the state
Solon
abolished debt slavery and freed slaves. limited land allowed to be owned and extended citizenship. stopped the sale of grain. citizens gained more power
Peisistratus
Seized power from Solon and exiled nobles who disagreed with him. He also distributed those nobles' land to poor farmers in need.
Cleisthenes
An aristocrat, created a council of 500 and helped from Athenian democracy