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The Assembly 

Christopher W. Blackwell, edition of March 26, 2003

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· Summary ·

The Assembly ( ἐκκλησία ) was the regular gathering of male Athenian citizens (women also enjoyed the status of “citizen,” but without political rights) to listen to, discuss, and vote on decrees that affected every aspect of Athenian life, both public and private, from financial matters to religious ones, from public festivals to war, from treaties with foreign powers to regulations governing ferry boats.

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