The Red Rope

During the late 5th century B.C. Athens employed Scythian slaves to round up citizens to attend the public assembly. They carried between them a rope dipped in red paint. If a person tried to resist going to the assembly they were sure to get caught in the rope and have red paint on their clothes. Anyone who had red paint on their clothes at the assembly would not get paid for their attendance.



Use the arrow keys to control the Scythian slaves. Guide as many voters as you can to the assembly area in the top right corner.

Who is allowed to vote in the assembly?

Only male citizens of Athens were allowed to attend the assembly.

To be a citizen of Athens, both your mother and father had to be citizens. You could not have been born in a different country or in another Greek city. You could not be a slave.