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What Is Ancient Greek Social Structure?

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The ancient Greek society had a social structure made of class distinctions between Free people and Slaves. The free people in Greek society owned slaves and used them as servants and laborers. The slaves had no legal rights and often were prisoners of war who were bought from foreign slaver traders. In addition to the Free Man and Slave status, free people were also broken into two groups in Athenian society, called Citizens and Metics. A Citizen was a person born with Athenian parents and was given access to the politics and could participate in government. A Metic was basically a partial citizen that paid taxes and served in the military. Metics could not own land or houses, and had no voice in law courts. Metics consisted of people that had migrated to the country.

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