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What do you think of when you picture life in Ancient Greece? Drinking parties? The Olympic Games? These were all important parts of life for the people of Ancient Greece. The women of ancient Greece had far fewer rights than men. As children, young Greek girls were under the authority of their father. And after marriage, their husbands became their official guardians. But how did the life of Ancient Greek women change from childhood to maturity?
Were there exceptions? And what did their daily life look like? In Ancient Greece, all children of citizens went to school. For boys, the curriculum included mathematics, poetry, literature, writing, music and athletics. Ancient Greek girls had a similar education, but there was a greater emphasis on music, dancing, and gymnastics. Stimulating their intellectual capacities was not a priority. There was no space for single mature women in Ancient Greece. Greek fathers would begin looking for a good husband for their daughters one who could provide a dowry when they were around 13 or Women had to marry as virgins, and love had nothing to do with it.
If they were lucky, they might eventually develop a friendship with their husbands.
But men sought passionate love elsewhere. After marriage, women could fulfil their most important role: the rearing of children. Wives spent most of their days at home, managing the house, weaving or cooking. According to the Ancient Greeks and so many other societies before and since!
Women also had to be faithful to their husbands, even though the reverse was not the case.
If a man found out that his wife was engaging in sexual intercourse with another man, he could murder him and not be prosecuted for it. Believe it or not, poor women were often freer than wealthy ones. Being poor meant you had less slaves and more work.
This meant that poorer women left the house more often, either to fetch water or to go to the market. Sometimes they even worked in shops and bakeries, or took jobs as servants for wealthier families. Of the non-citizen classes, slave prostitutes are the group of Ancient Greek women that we know a lot about.
We know of the existence of the hetairaihigher class prostitutes that could participate in the symposium, the private drinking party for male guests only. Hetairai went to school to learn how to play music especially the aulosphilosophy and literature.
This way, they could form long-lasting relationships with married men who enjoyed their company. Enjoyed this foray into Ancient Greek society? Leave a Comment. Posted on June 12, by Anna Verde. Tags: Ancient GreeceAncient Greek society. Book a Hunt.
Life for Women in Ancient Greece. Adult Life for Ancient Greek women After marriage, women could fulfil their most important role: the rearing of children. The Life of Poor Women Believe it or not, poor women were often freer than wealthy ones.
Slave Prostitutes Of the non-citizen classes, slave prostitutes are the group of Ancient Greek women that we know a lot about. Families would not even acknowledge it publicly when they had a baby girl! There was a school of philosophy called Stoicism, that argued that women in Ancient Greece could practice philosophy just as much as men. There was one public position that women in ancient Greece could aspire to: they could become priestesses in the temple of one of their female goddesses. Ancient Greek women could neither participate in, nor attend the Olympic games.
If caught there, they could be punished by death.
In Sparta, women had more freedom than in Athens. While Spartan women were not equal to men, everyone respected them for being the mothers of great warriors. They could also own land and drink wine. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply.
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