During the Classical era of Ancient Greece many city-states had forms of government based on democracy, in which the male citizens of the city took a major and direct part in the management of the affairs of state, such as declaring war, voting supplies, dispatching diplomatic missions and ratifying treaties. These activities were often handled by a form of direct democracy, based on a popular assembly.
Pericles funeral oration
The ancient Greek democracy was In the year 507 B.C., the Athenian leader Cleisthenes introduced a system of political reforms that he called democracy, or “rule by the people.” This system was comprised of three separate institutions: the ekklesia, a sovereign governing body that wrote laws and dictated foreign policy .This Athenian democracy would survive for only two centuries,
La democracia comenzó en la Antigua Grecia, específicamente en Atenas en el siglo V a. C. (el siglo de Pericles). Por ello se le denomina frecuentemente como democracia ateniense.