Many times is read that Ancient Greece and present democracy are different concepts.

I suppose democracy in the present can be defined as a government in which the average of citizen ideas are taken into account; so, the government acts according to major will. Also people elect their government.

In Ancient Greece, for example in Cleisthenes government, I suppose democracy didn't represent the whole society but only aristocracy, although it was direct democracy. I don't know how this two things were connected (democracy but inside an aristocracy).

Would you give some fundamental differences between actual and Ancient Greece democracies?

If the question is too broad, just some videos or short essay would be fine.

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    It's direct vs representative. Athenian democracy was a direct democracy, i.e. the citizens assemble and directly debate and vote on measures. In contrast, modern liberal democracies are representative, where we elect a representative to do politics on our behalf. However citizenship was extremely limited in ancient Greece. Only relatively rich, native born adult men had political rights, and some cities further limit this to those who had completed some form of military service. Most people, including women, slaves, emancipated slaves, and foreign born or descended residents were excluded. – Semaphore Mar 3 '18 at 23:45
  • Ancient Greece had a democracy. We have an elected oligarchy. Not the same thing. – Jos Mar 4 '18 at 0:19
  • I don't agree. Greeks didn't have also really a democracy. At least, I have read that aristocracy controlled almost everything in Greece. I might be wrong of course... – santimirandarp Mar 4 '18 at 0:45
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    @Semaphore That should be an answer, not a comment, or? – Arsak Mar 4 '18 at 9:23
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    I couldn't tell that from reading the question; there is nothing in the question that indicates either preliminary research or specific deficiencies in the Wikipedia page. – Mark C. Wallace Mar 4 '18 at 22:46

There are two main differences. In Athenian democracy:

1. Voting was direct, rather than indirect through representatives like it is today, as already noted in Semaphore's comment.

2. Not everyone got to vote; only adult male citizens could, and even then not all were eligible.

Only 10% to 20% of the total number of inhabitants participated in democracy in practice.

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