A Comparative Analysis of the Political Structure of Ancient Athens and Traditional Igbo Society

  • Ekeopara, Chike Augustine Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar, Calabar – Nigeria
  • Ogbonnaya, Lucky Uchenna M. A2 Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar, Calabar – Nigeria
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Abstract

There is a strong belief that there exist a wide margin and disconnect in terms of political
ideology between Ancient Athens and Africa in the pristine times. The people of Ancient Greece
did not see themselves as having anything in common with the Africans. Comparisons then were
based on the civilized (Europe) and the uncivilized (Africa), or superior and inferior, polished
and unpolished; or enlightened and unenlightened in most aspects of life and living. The best and
everything good was identified with Europe (Ancient Athens) and everything bad for Africa.
However, a critical look at the socio-political life of Ancient Greece in the past and that of Igbo
(Nigeria-Africa) society of pristine times, show a remarkable similarity in terms of ideology.
There is a close resemblance in the socio-political ideology of ancient Athenian city states and
the traditional Igbo society of Nigeria in Africa. This paper therefore, examines these similarities
in the administrative or political structure of the two societies and also reveals the minor
differences that existed in these two societies. The paper shows that both societies have a lot to
learn from each another.

Author Biographies

Ekeopara, Chike Augustine, Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar, Calabar – Nigeria

Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar, Calabar –
Nigeria

Ogbonnaya, Lucky Uchenna M. A2, Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar, Calabar – Nigeria

Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Calabar, Calabar –
Nigeria

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