My Life as an Athenian Citizen- Outline
Thesis Statement: I am Rhinon of Paenia, and my life as an Athenian citizen is the life of a true
Athenian hero and the reflection of the spirit of victory.
II. An overview of life through different social classes
III. The issue of voting based on property ownership
IV. Strength and courage as exhibited in my life
V. Fighting alongside Thrasybulus
VI. Deciding on the debate on voting using ownership rights
My Life as an Athenian Citizen
Athens has fallen, but it is time to restore our glory. As an Athenian citizen and a soldier,
I know what it means to fight for freedom, to fight for glory, and to fight when your very
existence is threatened by foreigners. I am a son of a farmer but I lost all my inheritance to the
Spartans who destroyed our lands, cut down the vines, and left all my brothers dead. However, in
conquering the Thirty Tyrants, I believe Athens is great again and it is time to rise and establish a
more inclusive and considerate way of living and association. Athens is going through a critical
change now and we must be a part of this change; we must take control of our destiny as
Athenians. My life as an Athenian citizen has been rough, but with the right controls in place, we
can ensure that our children will not go through such a period again. I am Rhinon of Paenia, and
my life as an Athenian citizen is the life of a true Athenian hero and the reflection of the spirit of
In this session, we discuss the rights of metics and worthy slaves and whether they should
be allowed to vote and also become jurors. This decision is not an easy one to make. From my
perspective, I have belonged to different classes in the society but in all, I have overcome to win
self-rule and rid Athens of the terror reign of Critias and the Thirty Tyrants. I have been hopeless
at some point in life. When the Spartans killed my father when I was still a boy, I had little to do.
When I became of age, I went for military training as any respectable citizen in Athens should
do. I fought in the Battle of Mantinea when I was barely a soldier and despite the murderous
Spartan soldiers, I survived and rose again, fighting alongside my brothers who had experienced
similar circumstances as mine. I know what it means to lose what you all had; your land, your
family, and above all, your dignity as an upstanding citizen of this great land. We must then ask
ourselves, does the duty to vote fit the metics and slaves? Have they gone through what most of
us here have to deserve to sit with us and decide on the future of our nation?
I will say for one, metics have shared a great deal of Athens with us. They come from
neighboring cities and have established a life amongst us. Even before the tyrants, the metics
were not allowed to own any real property here because they are not Athenians. I will let you
decide on whether they can indeed be made Athenians and when they should have that privilege.
However, I have a strong urge that although the tyrants were horrible by all means possible, they
had a point in establishing oligarchy. I am allowed to vote because I once owned property and it
was taken away from me, from my family which after that lived in great misery. To protect the
property of Athenians, property ownership should match the voting rights and the rights of
citizens to come to the Pnyx. The metics and worthy slaves do not have property in At...