Rioters by Reuters

Its reputed inventors held that the rule of the people should be exercised by all citizens. Athenian citizenship, however, excluded women, slaves, foreigners, and men under 20 years of age.

Was that because the contemporaries of Pericles considered those categories not people? Far from it, as women were heard in court and were considered already too influential — remember Xanthippe. Slaves and foreigners had ways and…