Advantages of Living in Athens
Despite the disadvantages, Athens was still a great place to live. Very rarely, a metic could be granted citizenship as a gift from a city official, but most continued to live in the city bearing the burden of their lesser social status. They lacked any influence in the local politics and faced more difficulties than citizens. But, on the flip side, metics could be completely assimilated into Athens’ cultural, social and financial scene.
In this way, many metics, and especially those of Greek origin, might not have experienced perceptible day to day differences from their Athenian counterparts. For many affluent metics, Athens was a bustling metropolis offering opportunities beyond what their city of citizenship could afford.
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