Chapter 4 Section 2. The Greek City-States. Objectives:. List Greek colonies Explain the polis Analyze the polis contribution Evaluate tyranny in the city-states. The Polis. By 750 B.C. the city-states, or what Greeks called a polis , became the center of Greek life.
The Greek City-States
“We must rather regard every citizen as belonging to the state”- Aristotle.
Women lived at home, and had greater freedom, movement, and power within the household.
Solon cancelled all land debts and freed people who had fallen into slavery from debts.
Cleisthenes created a council of 500 that supervised foreign affairs, oversaw the treasury, and proposed that laws would be voted on by the assembly after free and open debate.