Eleanor’s father played an important role in her life. He made sure that she had the best education that was available in their location. Girls were not supposed to know how to read, or understand Latin, but her father insisted on her knowing both (“Eleanor”). When Eleanor was fifteen, her father died of a chronic illness (Wills). At this time, she inherited her father’s title and lands (“Eleanor”).
Despite the overwhelming power of the state and government, women in the Roman Empire were able to gain some degree of emancipation. However, this autonomy was often met with equal levels of suppression. The reforms implemented by Rome’s first emperor, Augustus, proved to be detrimental to the emancipation of women and made the distinction between ‘good’ women and whores blatant (MacDonald, 2000). In general, while harboring more respect for women than other civilizations of the time, Rome was belligerent in its treatment of women. Evidently, the social expectations of women developed considerably during the Roman Empire, however, as a whole, the behavior expected of women was that of an obedient and veritably inferior
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. Word Count: 142 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.
This new law for woman inheritance reflects the shift from marking lineage by the male line to tracking lineage using the female line. For the most part inheritances did little to change the lives of women because it was usually a small amount of wealth or ... ... middle of paper ... .... Another exception to the social custom was the vestal virgins. The vestals were public priestesses who tended the fire in the temple of Vesta (Scheid 381). As their name implies, part of the vestal virgins service requirements was that they remain virgins during their period of service. Women in ancient Rome experienced a great increase in their social standing.