Athenian Women

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  • Athenian Women

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    Athenian Women Athenian society was very dynamic in many areas while it was strict in regard to the treatment of women. Although Athenian women were protected by the state and did not know a different way of living, they were very stifled and restricted. The only exception was slaves, and heteria, prostitutes, and this was due to the fact that they had no male guardians. Since these women were on there own they had to take care of themselves, and therefore were independent. In a more recent

  • Athenian Women

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    ATHENIAN WOMEN It is ridiculous to assume that the Athenian women of Ancient Greece were respected and revered by men. These women were not held in high regard. Men controlled all aspects of their lives, beginning with their fathers and continuing with their husbands once they married. Most girls were married in their very early teens to men that were usually much older (Xenophon’s Oeconomicus), sometimes as much as twice the age of their wives. The age difference was considered a moot point since

  • Iconography Of Athenian Women

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    When learning about a subject, such as Athenian women, one’s first instinct is to look at a book concerning the subject. History books and other written material can be excellent primary sources. They can tell us a great deal about the Athenian Woman. Written material can show us how Athenian women lived and what their roles in society as well as the family were. However, there is also an alternative way to research Athenian women, and this way is through iconography. Iconography can be defined as

  • The Lives of Athenian Women

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    Women in classical Athens could not have had an extremely enjoyable experience, if we rely on literary sources concerning the roles of women within the Greek polis. The so-called Athenian democracy only benefited a fraction of the entire population. At least half of this population was female, yet women seem to have had very little influence and few official civic rights. `The position of a subject which has provoked much controversy.' (Lacey: 1968, 151). Studies concerning the

  • Athenian Women: An Inferior Society

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    thing the Athenians did not value was women. They were deemed inferior by men, and treated more as a decoration rather than a human being. Athenian women spent most of their lives in their home unless they were poor and had to help the husband with work preforming skills such as farming, crafting or a similar trade. In Athens, it was a status symbol for women to have very white, pale skin to show that they were so upscale that they never had to leave their house to make any income. Some women even painted

  • Differences Between Sparta And Athenian Women

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    rights and roles in the system. Athenian and Spartan women both were considered to be second to their male counterparts. Spartan women had more rights than Athenian women. Through, research realizing that the Spartan women were slightly greater role than Athenian women. In their youth, Spartan women were allowed to train with Spartan warriors. This was done in the belief that their training would give them the power to bear warrior sons (Robert R. Edgar). In fact, women in Sparta formed a military

  • The Role Of Athenian Women In Oedipus The King

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    “Oedipus the Queen: Cross-gendering without Drag”, Ormand explores the Athenian women through the perception of Athenian men. However, Ormand does not try study them (Athenian women) through their portrayed characters (Clytemnestra, Antigone, Cleopatra, etc.) on stage. The reason being the fact that these characters aren’t portrayed by women. Therefore, the only get the men’s exaggerated and/or completely false view of the women of that time period. Ormand, instead, looks at the male characters to

  • Women vs. Pericles’ Ideal of Athenian Womanhood

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    Throughout history, men have traditionally been perceived as superior and prevailing over women. Although women have held many different roles in society, women had always been considered inferior both physically and intellectually. Pericles, a general of Athens, gives his opinion of women’s role in society in his famous funeral speech. He first shows that he views women to be the weaker sex by stating, “…to those of you who will now be in widowhood, it will be all comprised in this brief exhortation

  • Athenian Treatment of Individuals and Government

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    The Athenians held many ideals about individuals, households, and government all of which affected Athenian reality. The Athenians utilized a government controlled by the citizens of the polis and their elected leaders. Athenians also valued justice, intelligence, and freedom as the basis of their government. Athenians treated women as the head of the home, when a man was absent. Individuals must be successfully educated and trained. The Melian Debate, 415 B.C., is a prime example

  • A Golden Age for Athens?

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    within Athens and the Athenian Empire has led scholars to deem this period a "Golden Age." It is true that his period had many achievements, but in the light of the Athenians treatment of women, metics (non-Athenians living in Athens), and slaves it is given to question whether or not the period can truly be called "Golden." The 5th century and the Athenian Empire gave birth to an amazing amount of accomplishments. One such accomplishment was the minting of standard Athenian coins that were used