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The Kleroterion and Modern Day Jury Duty

Posted Eureka Lessons American Government, Lessons

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. kleroterion

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