Today when people receive jury summons in the mail you'd think by their reaction they received a kidnapper's ransom note or something. During the Roman republic, however, serving as a juror was actually considered an honor. Jurors were selected randomly just like they are today. Instead of using a mailbox, though, they used the Kleroterion- a democracy machine. This activity is perfect for starting a discussion on how modern day Americans' attitudes toward civic participation differs from other countries.