A look at the life and treatment of the ancient greek women

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A husband who discovered that their wife was engaging in sexual relations with another man could murder the lover without fear of prosecution. Families did not always keep their new child. Yes, far more and most understandably. Free women of the poorer classes worked in the marketplace and obviously went outdoors much more than wealthier women. Roger Just makes a very interesting point in Women in Athenian Law and Life: life was worse for women in democratic Athens than in other periods of the city's history because: In narrowly oligarchic, aristocratic, or monarchic states, women who belonged to the elite have often wielded considerable power, even if illegitimately; on the other hand, since the bulk of the population, whether male or female, possessed no political rights, politics was not something which in general distinguished men from women. They were "given" in marriage by their father to another man. The childhood toys of the girl would be offered to Artemis. All in all, it does not seem possible that most women were shut away and never seen.

Interesting Facts About Women in Ancient Greece When a woman birthed a daughter she would look away from her husband in shame. They were held in reverence and their works carried the same importance as the Holy Bible did centuries later.

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They were the poor women widows, slaves and girls that were left out to die by their parents when they were babies that were prostitutes. Related Posts.

Plato in Alcibiades I cites "the ownership of slaves, and notably helots" among the Spartan riches, [] and Plutarch writes about "slaves and helots".

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It was also this class of women that entertained men in every sense at the celebrated symposium , the private drinking party for male guests only. The enslavement of cities was also a controversial practice. Written and archaeological evidence suggests that women played a significant role in the religious life in Ancient Greece. He does mention women in The Funeral Oration of Pericles BC , in which he has Pericles say on the subject of women: "Great will be your glory in not falling short of your natural character; and greatest will be hers who is least talked of among the men whether for good, or for bad. Part of the fascination lies in the contrast between two of the most prominent city-states — Athens and Sparta. In practice, of course, individual couples may well have shared their lives more equitably. No ancient manuscripts, journals, or diaries written by Greek women were found. Athenian women, however, were given no freedoms of any kind, especially when they were married. Women did have some personal property, typically acquired as gifts from family members, which was usually in the form of clothes and jewellery. Duties of rural women would include work on the farm. Were they even free to work and walk about the city? Xenophon valued a Laurion miner at drachmas ; [43] while a workman at major works was paid one drachma per day. If a woman had no father, then her interests marriage prospects and property management were looked after by a guardian kyrios or kurios , perhaps an uncle or another male relative.

The second, was the higher-class prostitute hetaira. Their children belonged to the master.

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Also, the images invoked by men like Hesiod surely adversely affected women in ancient Greece for many centuries and had many repercussions.

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Women in Ancient Greece