The Politics Characters

Aristotle’s The Politics is non-fiction and therefore has limited characters. Aristotle does, however, distinguish between groups of people. These divisions include the following:

Slave: Aristotle believes that certain people are slaves by nature

Free: Non-slaves

Citizen: Aristotle largely leaves citizenship up to the poleis; he defines a citizen as “a man who shares in the administration of justice and in the holding of office.”

Male: Men have natural unions with women

Female: Women have natural unions with men

Child: It is natural for children to have relationships with both parents, learning from them in education and example
Parent: The parent has a natural duty to raise, protect, and educate a family

King: Ruler of state who has authority over free subjects, not slaves; a king is given authority through his superior virtue

Master: Ruler of one or more slaves, subjects without freedom

Statesman: Lesser ruler of state, often elected by his equals; a citizen who takes a turn governing his peers

Poor: Lowest class

Middle Class: Aristotle believes this class should have the most power in a democracy

Rich: Highest, wealthiest class of individuals

Noble: Members of aristocracy, often wealthy

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