Oligarchy is a form of government. In an oligarchic system, all the power is held by a small group of people. It is usually to the most powerful people to govern the state. It was firstly used by Sparta.
Rule by the best[change | change source]
An oligarchy where the best rule is called Aristocracy.
Rule by the rich[change | change source]
If the richest people rule the country, this is called Plutocracy.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Online Text: Leonard Whibley, Greek Oligarchies: Their Character and Organisation (1896), still the only full-scale treatment of oligarchy in Classical Greece.