I believe that the Athenian government is a democracy. It favors the many instead of the few rather than 1 main dictator in a dictatorship. Important citizens get to vote for what they think has to change in the government just like we do in the United States.
Many is a relative term. Maybe to you 10-12% of the population would be considered many. 10-12% is the percentage of the population that could vote in an Athenian democracy. That sounds more like a few to me, and Athens sounds more like an oligarchy.
10-12 % is a total of 28,828 people in the Athenian population. This is made up of smart military men who fight for their country, who will vote what is right for your country. Would you want maniacs voting wrong things to screw up your economy?
That is a very elitist attitude. You believe that only people who have the means to a better education deserve the right to vote. Those people who sweat and work hard everyday in fields to feed families of people they will never ever meet, those people don't deserve the right to vote. Is this your idea of a perfect world where only the rich elite make the decisions while the working class is basically turned into slaves?
I have heard the term slaves before sometime in the past. Oh wait... Our country was called a democracy when we had slaves during the Revolutionary War. Latin American military dictatorships are called democracies. South Vietnam with a single candidate for President during the Vietnam War was called a democracy.
So what you are telling me is that just because something is called a democracy, that does not mean that it actually is a democracy? So the fact that Athenians referred to themselves as a democracy, that doesn't necessarily mean they were a democracy? It seems to me you are coming around to my side of this argument.