Aristotle: Constitution of Sparta(ca. 335–323 BCE)
The Constitution of Sparta was written in the middle to late seventh century
The Constitution of Sparta is one of the earliest documents of its kind in the ancient world. If the dates of the ancient historians are trustworthy, the Spartan constitution predates that of Athens by 150 years. While the constitution established a mixed government that was occasionally monarchical, oligarchic, and even at some times tyrannical, it did stress democracy. All male citizens were allowed to participate in the Domos, the Spartan assembly, which gave them immense...
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