Visual Timeline: Athenian Democracy

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594 BCE - 593 BCE: In Athens the archon Solon lays the foundations for democracy.
 
 
508 BCE: Reforms by Cleisthenes establishes democracy in Athens.
 
508 BCE: According to Aristotle, the institution of ostracism is introduced in Athens under Cleisthenes.
 
487 BCE: The first ostracism vote takes place in Athens and Hipparchus is exiled.
 
482 BCE: Aristides is voted in an ostracism in Athens and exiled from the city.
 
 
471 BCE: The general and statesman Themistocles is voted in an ostracism and exiled from Athens.
 
463 BCE: Pericles leads a prosecution of Cimon on charges of corruption but he is acquitted.
 
 
462 BCE - 458 BCE: Pericles introduces democratic institutions in Athens.
 
462 BCE - 461 BCE: Radicalisation of democracy in Athens; Cimon exiled, Pericles comes to exercise influence.
 
461 BCE: Cimon is voted in an ostracism in Athens and exiled from the city.
 
460 BCE - 320 CE: Period of full and direct citizen democracy in Athens.
 
417 BCE: In the last recorded ostracism the demagogue Hyperbolos is exiled from Athens.
 
 
411 BCE: The oligarchy of the 400 take over the democracy in Athens and in a matter of months is replaced by an oligarchy of 5000.
 
406 BCE: The Athenian demos decides to execute six generals even after they have won the battle of Arginousai.
 
403 BCE: Restoration of the democracy in Athens, death of the tyrant Critias.
 
399 BCE: The Athenian demos pass the death sentence on Socrates.
 
355 BCE: Demosthenes begins to deliver speeches in the Athenian assembly.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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