Ancient Roots of American Democracy

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First City-States Arise in Sumer

4000 BC - 2300 BC

The early city-states date back to 3500 BC. Each city was like was like a small, independent country with its own ruler.

Sargon of Akkad Formed Empire

2270 BC - 2215 BC

Hammurabi's Code

1750 BC

Athens Formed Direct Democracy

550 BC

Roman Republic Formed

509 BC - 27 BC

Roman Empire Formed

27 BC - 1453