Comparing and Contrasting the Role of Women during the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages

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Part A: Plan of Investigation
This investigation strives to compare and contrast of the role of women during the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages. The inquiry is significant because in order to understand the culture and ethics of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages it is crucial to understand the importance of women. The issues that will be addressed include: the role of women in the Roman Empire, the role of women in the Middle Ages, and the similarities as well as the differences of the two major time periods. This investigation will focus on the time period of 27 BC to 1485 BC and the places investigated will include Europe, more specifically Rome. This will be accomplished through a detailed examination of the role of women in the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages. In this investigation secondary and primary sources will be used.
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Part B: Summary of Evidence
Women in Rome from 753 BC- 476 were treated with respect yet they struggled with keeping their identity. Roman women were either under the control of their father or their husband once they got one. It was the woman’s choice to remain under her father’s control, which often made divorces simpler, or change to become under the control of their husband. Infant girls were always under the fate of their father to whether or not she would survive. If the family could not afford another child they may decide not to keep it which was significantly more likely if it was a girl. While they may not have survived, if the child did, she would end up going to a school called ludus which is equivalent to a private elementary school. Only parents well off would send them to the school. Poorer children often times remained illiterate. Roman marriages had little to no mean...

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