"Not that it was a pure, Aristotelian democracy, by any means."
Bust of Aristotle
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 Aristotle wrote a work of political philosophy in which he compared different forms of constitution and considered the various features of each. Rome, by limiting the power of the people and confining magistracies to the very rich, would certainly not have been considered a democracy. Strictly, under Aristotle’s definitions, a modern elected president or prime-minister could be considered a tyrant (albeit an elected one), and Rome an oligarchy – two constitutions that Aristotle did not hold in very high esteem!